What Support Is Available For Dementia Sufferers?

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Dealing with Dementia id often difficult for both the individual and their carer. It is important that they receive the care and support they need. Did you know:

• There are 670,000 people in the UK who are currently suffer with Dementia
• In America there are approximately 5.2 million individuals suffering with Dementia, and it is estimated that 5 million of these individuals are aged 65 or over
• There are a number of different types of support that are available for individuals who are suffering from Dementia and their carers.

This article looks at the support that is available for both individual sufferers and their carers to help individuals living with Dementia to continue living at home for as long as possible.

Types Of Support For The Individual

As the rate of individuals who are being diagnosed with Dementia increases, more support has become available to help people to cope with Dementia. There are a number of different types of support available for Dementia sufferers and these include: day services, and residential care.

In some communities day centres may be available for individuals suffering from Dementia. Day centres provide the individual with somewhere they can go and receive the support that they need. The centres can offer therapeutic activities that may help to tackle the symptoms of Dementia, and this can have an extremely positive impact on an individual’s general health and well-being. They can provide an individual with a wide range of activities to help to keep them entertained and mentally stimulated including: arts and crafts, musical activities, gardening, baking and activities based on individual’s lives (e.g. story work). Day centres can also benefit carers to the individual who is suffering from Dementia, and this is because they can provide them with much needed respite.

Residential care may benefit an individual who is suffering from Dementia, particularly when relatives are unable to provide the individual with the support that they need. Some individuals may have other conditions that make living at home difficult, and a residential home could potentially benefit them by providing 24 hour care if it is required. Although it may be a difficult decision for a carer to make, residential care can be a better option for Dementia sufferers as it provides them with a safe and supportive environment.

Types of Support For A Carer

Respite is the main type of support that is available for a carer to an individual suffering from Dementia. This can be extremely beneficial for both the individual and their primary carer. As it allows them the opportunity to get a break from what can be a very stressful situation. In most communities respite is available on 24 hour basis, to ensure individuals are receiving the support they need. Respite length can vary from a few hours to a few weeks. The carer may find this beneficial, as it can give them the opportunity to do things they may struggle to whilst caring for the individual, these activities may include: running errands, spending time with family and friends, or even going on holiday. There are a number of types of respite of available to help to accommodate individual needs, these include: in-home care services, adult day centres and residential facilities.

Home Care And Dementia

Home Care may be a suitable option for someone suffering from Dementia, and this is because it gives them the opportunity to receive the care and support that they need whilst at home. This can be particularly beneficial for those suffering from Dementia as it gives them a sense of familiarity, which can make them feel more comfortable.

A care worker would be able to visit the individual at home, and provide them with a variety of support including: medication management, meal preparation, domestic duties, and personal care. They may also be able to provide support, and this could be in the form of companionship, or through supporting activities the individual enjoys doing, such as going out for walks.

In Hampshire and other parts of the UK a Take A Break service is offered by the local authority. This service provides the carer with the opportunity to have a break from caring and to do things that they need to do or enjoy doing. This service works by providing replacement care whilst the carer is away. Care workers will visit the individual within their own homes, and sit with them for the length of time that the primary carer is away. During this time they can also complete other tasks including domestic duties, meal preparation, and Personal Care.

The Big Decision Home Care Or Care Home

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The Big Decision Home Care Or Care Home

Having arrived at the point in your life where you feel you are not coping well on your own at home but have a fear of letting strangers into your home for home care or are worried about permanently moving into a care home, consider the question properly before making a decision.

Deciding which steps to take when choosing care options for family members, spouses or even yourself can be tough, particularly when making the big decision. Consultation with family members can help but often they know nothing about the help that is available. Below are presented some of the points to consider when making the big decision.

Advantages of Home Care

Home care can be very beneficial for individuals as it allows them to remain at home, and maintain some independence. A flexible care plan can be provided which is tailored to an individual’s needs. This allows individual’s the opportunity to continue doing things that they enjoy. For example if an individual enjoys walking, then it is possible for it to be arranged within an individual’s plan, or care workers can be used for support to allow them to continue these activities.

Hospital admission can be prevented and readmission rates reduced, this is because individuals are getting the support that they need within their homes, and injuries that result from falls can be prevented within the home as home help prevents them doing activities that may cause harm.

Infection risk can also be reduced, because an individual isn’t in an environment where ill people are present, which means that the likelihood of becoming ill themselves is reduced.

Home care also provides support for family members, as the strain of caring for a relative is reduced.

The familiar surroundings of your own home are maintained and possibly protected for family members.

Advantages of Care Homes

It provides individuals with an opportunity for social interaction, as activities are often arranged for them to participate in if they wish. This is beneficial as it prevents loneliness.

Care Homes also provide 24 hour care for individuals, which means that they are more likely to get all the relevant support they need.

Individual’s moving into Care Homes can also reduce the strain on a family, as they will no longer have to provide care for their relatives, which means that they can be there simply for support.
Depending on the type of care that a person requires it may be more beneficial for an individual to receive care within a Care Home environment because it may reduce the costs for them slightly if they require a lot of support, Home Care is usually more tailored and cheaper.

However there are a few disadvantages to both Home Care and Care Homes, and these include: A large financial impact, having to deal with an unusual situation and quality of care can sometimes be an issue. The disadvantages of Care Homes in particular can be: a fear of Care Homes, a lack of freedom and choice, and having to deal with other residents as they may not get on with them.

Both care options have advantages and disadvantages, and this can make the big decision very difficult. Home Care is a particularly popular choice for individual’s care at present, and this is largely because of the flexibility and independence that it offers. This makes Home Care generally seem more appealing to individuals, as it allows individuals to feel more comfortable and relaxed with the care that they are receiving. However the decision of which type of care an individual should receive should be made on the basis of their situation, so that they can find an option that is best suited to what they require.

Free Seminar – Who will pay for long term care?

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With an ageing population, Long Term Care provision is becoming a more prevalent issue.  One in four people are likely to need Long Term Care in the future, and provision for this eventuality is very often dismissed until there is an immediate need.  Indeed, for those receiving care or wishing to increase that care, there is the constant worry of how they can continue to afford it. Government provision is limited and more and more people will be faced with ‘self-funding’ their nursing/homecare fees, potentially depleting their assets.

We have compiled a panel of experts to present in clear English all the options currently available. The topics to be covered will include:

  • what is homecare and how will it be paid for?
  • how can you protect your assets, what are the options and what of future provision?
  • look at the use of wills and powers of attorney
  • how Domiciliary Care Providers deliver their services
  • how a relationship with a team of trusted advisers can protect the recipients of homecare

The seminar will be hosted by Everycare and with guest speakers Brian Fisher of Life, Simon Whipple of The Cares’ Legal Centre Solicitors and Sarah Quirk (SOLLA Accredited) from SarahQuirk Associates. The venue for this FREE 90 minute presentation is at British Red Cross Centre, Red Cross House, Winnall Close, Winnall Manor Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0LB on Tuesday 5th July 2011.

Timing of meeting:

  • Lunch: 11:45 am for 12:00 noon commencing with buffet lunch

To book a space on the seminar call Mike on 01962 842548 or email  info@everycarehants.co.uk .


Serving a growing need

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According to government forecasts there will be a 50% increase in over-65’s in the next 30 years, with an incredible 300% increase expected in those aged over 85. Unless more care homes are built spaces will be at a premium and, therefore, the costs of staying in one could double.

In areas like Winchester where costs are higher than the country average the cost of staying in a care home will become prohibitive for most people.

It is in the interest of most people to remain in the their homes as long as possible and for them to have care in their own homes (also known as domiciliary care). To enable this to happen more home care providers are required, Everycare have set up in Winchester to service this need in Winchester and surrounding areas.

Everycare has been around since 1993 in other areas of the country supplying care into people’s own homes supporting them to live life as independently as possible. Everycare pride themselves in supplying an excellent service and employing people that are determined to supply a high level of care.

If you need advice on your choices for care at home then please contact Everycare on 01962 842548.