How to choose the appropriate care for someone with Dementia
The number of people living with Dementia is set to increase, so it’s all the more important to know how to go about finding the right care for your loved one.
First of all, check your local care providers on the Care Quality Commission’s website and see which are rated ‘good’. Remember, all independent care providers are regulated by them, so their reports will give you a good insight into the standard of care.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search, contact the care providers and don’t be afraid to ask a few searching questions. Ask how they vet their staff for example, what training they offer and how often this is refreshed.
A good dementia care provider will take the time to get to know the person for whom they are caring. They’ll familiarise themselves with their personal history, take on board their history, interest, likes and dislikes, seeing them as a whole person and not simply their symptoms.
So when looking for care ask: how is the delivery of your service person centred? Then enquire how they would involve the care receiver in the formation of the care plan – and its reviews. How can they tailor the plan to their wishes? For example, you may want to ask how they could facilitate particular interests or hobbies?
Also, always be sure to establish what their remit of care is, what services can they provide, and what medical support, for example, might entail a stay in the hospital.
With Dementia, the longer someone remains in familiar surroundings, the better. So organise appropriate dementia care in your own home so that they can maintain their independence for as long as possible, and in surroundings, they know.
If you need to find a residential or nursing home, then visit it, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and do get a feel for how safe the environment is and how happy the residents are. Are regular activities or outings organised for the residents, or are they all sitting around the television. Does the home smell fresh and clean? These sorts of details are telling, so make a note of them.
Finding the right care for someone is never easy, but we hope these few steps will help you.