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What is dementia care?

Much of what we have learnt about dementia is that routine and familiarity helps manage the symptoms of dementia. Becoming more forgetful is a natural part of ageing but dementia can affect a person’s ability to plan or engage in conversation and can affect their mood or behaviour.

Having a dementia carer at home is the same as our live-in care service. We treat each of our clients as individuals who require a carer that is bespoke to them. Our carers who assist those living with dementia, provide one-to-one care and enable our client’s to live at home, amongst their familiar surroundings and routine.

What are the benefits of dementia care at home?

The cost of a live-in carer can be as affordable as a care home. If you have the space to accommodate a live-in carer (you need 1 additional bedroom), there is a whole range of benefits of having a live in carer to provide dementia care at home.

Specialist dementia care requires a one-to-one carer who can:

  • Provide companionship
  • Learn particular triggers or how to help a person if they become confused or upset
  • Take note of how much water a person is drinking throughout the day (this is often overlooked and can lead to other medical problems)
  • Encourage a person or remind a person to eat enough calories in the day
  • Maintain a routine and schedule that provides continuity and consistency important to those living with dementia

A live-in carer is there to provide care to one person in their own home. This means that unlike hospitals and residential homes, a person won’t be missed or overlooked.

Often, the quality of a person’s life can deteriorate rapidly from simple needs not being met. These needs are as simple as; not drinking enough fluid, not remembering to take medication and forgetting to eat in the day. With a live in care assistant, they will keep records of how much food and water a person is having during the day and offer drinks of their choice throughout the day to encourage a person living with dementia to stay hydrated.

A live in carer can also keep up with the routine and schedule that a person living with dementia is used to, maintaining familiarity. If a client becomes confused or forgetful, a one-to-one carer may know what is triggering it or what has gone amiss in their routine as they have been living with them and developing an understanding of their symptoms.

Dementia can cause people to behave uncharacteristically or in some cases, to put themselves at risk. Familiar tasks such as cooking or dressing may become more difficult. Even making a cup of tea and forgetting to wait for boiling water to cool down puts a person living with dementia at risk. But these familiar tasks can be important to maintain as it promotes a persons’ independence. A person in a care home may feel as though they’ve lost their independence but a trained care assistant at home can be as hands on as a person chooses and can drive them to social events, family gatherings or to the shops if they please.

It can be very emotional for close friends and family dealing with the progression of dementia. But a trained care assistant can provide care at all times and be there to ensure a person is properly cared for. Our person-centred dementia care involves talking to you about your memories, looking at photographs and listening to familiar music.

Why choose a dementia carer from ENA Care Group?

We’ve been providing care at home since 1994, so we understand exactly what is required of a carer.

Our experienced training and recruitment team have developed our new carer process over the past 24 years. Each of our carers must pass our in-house training course together with our extensive background checks.

Our rigorous training assessment covers everything a carer needs to know about caring for someone with dementia in their own home. As a result, our carers are equipped emotionally and practically to support vulnerable adults at home.

Looking after a person in their own home brings unique challenges and dementia affects individuals in many different ways. People often forget that people need emotional as well as practical support – particularly when caring for someone with dementia. We pride ourselves on our highly trained members of staff to work as a team to bring you and your family the support you need at home.

We are proud of our highly qualified team and our experienced trained carers. Combined with our policies and practices we can ensure our clients receive a professional, knowledgeable and supportive service.

We expect every member of our team to have a caring demeanour and to treat everybody with dignity and respect. Furthermore, we expect this to extend beyond the workplace.

Our care team of registered nurses manage each care placement and are there to support you.

We understand that inviting a carer to live in your home may seem daunting, but we’ll find the perfect carer for you, using our professional expertise and experience to support you through the whole process.

We’ll match you with a carer you feel comfortable with, who understands your individual needs, your routines and your choices in life.

With increasing awareness about people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, there is now more support than ever for those living with dementia.  With the help of new research, medical support and a trained dementia carer means you and your family don’t need to face the onset of dementia alone.

I wanted to write to say a belated but heartfelt thank you to the ENA Team. I have learned a great deal recently from witnessing the very constructive, sympathetic approach your carers have adopted in these situations. Earlier this year and end of last seemed to be a particularly tough time and I was very impressed with the improvement of Mum's wellbeing following the meeting that you and your team conducted with her and the subsequent actions you took. The professional and caring way you handled this including bringing the team to our home must have taken a lot of time, expertise and careful thought. We (mother, cousin and I) just wanted you to know that we really appreciate all that you have done.”

— Ms C, Hertfordshire

To discuss how we can support you with specialist dementia care, get in touch with our specialist team, who will be more than happy to talk about your needs.