Emergency Respite Care for Dementia

Caring for someone with dementia

Taking time to care for a loved one who suffers from dementia or a related disease can sometimes pose many challenges. Those who suffer from this type of illness have a biological brain disorder, making it increasingly more difficult for them to remember things, communicate with others and look after themselves. In the worst case, a person living with dementia can lose their entire independence and even their entire identity.
Communicating with someone who has dementia can be difficult but by learning the basics you can improve over time, and your caregiving will become less stressful.

Create a positive mood

Your general attitude and body language convey a lot about how you’re feeling so make sure that your facial expressions and physical touch convey the message you want to get across.

Limit distractions

There are many things that can distract someone with dementia so turn off things like the radio and the TV to create a quieter environment. Address him/her by name, identify who you are and your relationship with them and try to keep him/her focused by maintaining eye contact.

Use simple language

You’d be surprised at how much speaking slowly and distinctly can help someone with dementia understand you better. If they do not understand you the first time you ask a question, ask again without becoming impatient. Often, the hardest part of communicating with someone who has dementia can be that you have to repeat yourself more than once until they are able to respond. Using the names of people or places rather than pronouns can help too.

Offer reassurance

Dementia can cause someone to feel anxious, confused and scared so much so that they might start talking about something that has never happened. Instead of telling them that they’re wrong, comfort and reassure them. When it’s appropriate, using humour can help to lighten situations.

Redirect feelings if things get tough

If the person you’re caring for begins to get agitated, a change in subject or environment might help them to calm down. One good way to do this is to take them on a short walk. More often than not, they will begin to forget what it was that was causing them to be upset.
If you feel unable to handle your situation at any point, places such as Kentish Home care offer emergency respite care for dementia patients that will give both you and your loved one time to rest and recuperate.

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Care Services in Your Home

How to support someone with a physical disability

Caring for someone with a physical disability can be physically and emotionally draining. This is why it is important that you have the right support whether that be in the form of family, friends, the wider community or professional care.

You don’t have to be alone when caring for someone. Many places can assist you in things such as home modifications, provide you with goods and equipment and teach you skills and techniques for day to day life with the person you’re caring for. Sometimes, care services in your home are the best option for you, and all should follow the same rules for caring for people with a physical disability.

Never Assume

You should never assume that someone does or does not have a disability. Sometimes people may act, look or feel different to you but this does not mean that they have a disability. Treat that person as an individual because all people should be treated equally.

Understand and respect confidentiality

Just because someone has a disability doesn’t mean that they don’t have a right to privacy. This means that they are not obliged to tell you what their disability is and if someone does tell you, don’t assume that they would be comfortable telling other people.

Always ask permission

People with physical disabilities have different levels of independence so you shouldn’t automatically expect that they are unable to do anything. If you believe that someone is struggling, ask before you help. Sometimes he/she may welcome help, but other times it may be their aim to become more independent.

The kind of support you give will always depend on the person’s needs, and it’s very important to listen to them carefully to understand and respect their wishes. A good home care service will employ carers who are caring, compassionate, responsible and supportive no matter what the physical disability may be.

Looking after yourself

It is important to care for yourself so that you know that you are providing the best care for your loved one. Taking some time out to rest and recuperate is essential because caring for another person can be a huge emotional challenge. You should always be realistic about what you can and can’t do and know the signs that you’re becoming stressed or unable to deal with the situation.

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caring for an elderly relative

Helpful tips to assist a family caregiver

If you have just recently started caring for an elderly relative, we have some helpful tips to help you give your loved one the best care you can.

Modify the house

As a carer, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to make life easier for yourself and your loved one. Introduce modifications to the house to help them gain some of their independence back so that they can perform certain everyday tasks without you. It is possible they have come to rely on you, but you can help them to perform tasks on their own by investing in anything from hand rails, to a raised toilet seat, to a frame to aid them as they walk.

Speak to other caregivers

It is important that you are seeking support from those around you who know you best. However, by speaking to others who also care for an elderly relative, you will be able to talk to people who understand exactly how you are feeling. It is important to remember that you are not alone. According to The Guardian, two million people gave up work in 2013 to care for relatives. By speaking to other carers, you can share tips and offer each other support.

Trust yourself

As a carer, it is important to trust that you are doing a good job. Caring for a relative is extremely taxing, but if you trust your instincts, you will do well.

Sort out legal documents

While caring for an elderly relative, it is essential that all their legal documents are in order. This includes their will, their lasting power of attorney and any estate planning. This is not an exciting job, but it is a necessary one.

Take a break

You need to remember to take care of yourself as well as your loved one. It is important to find the right balance and make sure your life is not put on hold. You should consider seeking some help to give you a well-earned rest. Using a respite care service in Kent, such as that offered by Kentish Homecare, will allow you to take a much-needed break. This could be a few hours or a few days, and it will give you some time to yourself while remaining reassured that your loved one is being cared for properly. They will offer a service specific to your loved one’s needs, offering help and companionship.

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What is 24 hour home care

<h2>What is 24 hour home care and how can it benefit you/ your loved one</h2>
24 hour home care is help offered to the elderly and is adapted to meet their specific needs.  The carer will help the client both physically and emotionally, by providing assistance and companionship.  Home care allows you or your loved one to receive the right care for you, from the comfort of your own home.

<h2>Who requires 24 hour home care</h2>
24 hour home care is often a cheaper alternative to moving into a residential or nursing home and is offered to anyone who needs it.  This could be an individual who requires constant care and help but wishes to remain in their own home.  You may also wish to hire 24 hour home care temporarily if you or your loved one requires help after surgery, an accident or an illness
<h3>What are the benefits for you/your loved one</h3>
Live-in care allows you or your loved one to continue a normal routine, surrounded by friends and neighbours while receiving some extra help.  A live-in carer provides specialised one-on-one care, whereas, at a care home, a nurse’s attention will be divided between a number of patients.  24-hour care also provides companionship as you will establish a personal, close relationship with your carer, the likes of which is less achievable in a care home.
Your mind will be put at ease as you will receive constant help, meaning you are less likely to fall and injure yourself.  You are also less likely to get ill than if you were living in a shared environment.  You will be given assistance when completing everyday tasks, such as getting dressed, taking a shower or cooking dinner.  They will also be able to drive you around and assist you on trips out of the house.  Having a live in carer provides reassurance that you or your loved one are receiving the best help and it provides a certain security.  You relatives will also have more freedom to visit you as they will not be restricted by care home visiting hours.

Kentish Homecare provides 24 hour home care in Kent and offers flexibility to all clients.  If some days you only need a carer for a couple of hours and other days 24-hour live-in care is required, we will be happy to help.  Knowing 24-hour care is available if required brings peace of mind and reassurance.  We strive to provide a personal service, understanding everybody has different needs, and we will offer a profession and friendly service.

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Easy recipes for the elderly

Kentish Homecare Meal Ideas For The Elderley

Are you struggling for meal ideas? Kentish Homecare have selected our two of our best recipes for the elderly.  They are quick to prepare, with minimal chopping and don’t use too many ingredients.  The elderly might struggle to eat well because of limitations caused by medicines or because they are struggling to follow complicated recipes.
Follow our easy and quick recipes and start eating well again.

This chilli requires little chopping, and you can even get on with other tasks while the chilli simmers.  This recipe serves two people but is great for cooking in larger quantities, by doubling or tripling the recipe and freezing for future meals.
Serves: 2
Cooking time: Around 45 minutes
•    1 onion, cubed or chopped into strips
•    2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
•    1 x 250g mince
•    1 x 400g can of kidney beans
•    1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes
•    ½ x teaspoon of chilli powered
•    ½ x teaspoon of cumin
•    ¼ bunch coriander leaves

1.    Add the chopped onions and garlic to the frying pan and cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until the onions are soft.
2.     Add the mince, break up larger chunks and fry until cooked, before adding the spices and stirring through.
3.    Add the kidney beans and chopped tomatoes, along with half a can of water and simmer for around half an hour.
4.    Serve topped with coriander, with rice or a jacket potato.

Easy pesto pasta
This simple pesto pasta is not only very tasty but is quick and easy to make and can feature a range of different ingredients.  The recipe below suggests using tomatoes and chicken breast, but you could also use mushrooms, chorizo, bacon lardons, peppers or anything else that takes your fancy.
Serves: 2
Cooking time: Around 20 minutes

•    1 onion, cut into slices
•    1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
•    150g cherry tomatoes
•    1 chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces.
•    100g pesto
•    150g pasta
•    Grated cheddar cheese (optional)

1.    Fry the onion until soft.
2.    Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
3.    Add the garlic and chicken to the onion pan.  Once the chicken is almost cooked through, add the cherry tomatoes and fry until they begin to soften and the chicken is completely cooked.
4.    Add the pesto and cooked pasta to the chicken and stir well.
5.    Serve topped with grated cheese.

We hope these recipes have given you some inspiration for your meals.  They are quick and easy recipes that should feature in everyone’s recipe book.

Food preparation can be time-consuming, especially as we get older and you might want to consider homecare assistance.  Home care meal preparation in Kent is offered by Kentish Home Care, and we can assist you according to your needs.  Whether you need help with just one meal or all, we are on hand to help you.  We can prepare meals of your choice, or you can choose from our selection, and we can even prepare a variety to stock up your freezer.  We work according to your dietary requirements, working with a dietician or your doctor, making sure you are eating the recommended foods and receiving the right nutrition.  We have your best interests at heart and want to assist you in any way we can.

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Personal Homecare help

How to decide if a loved one can remain at home with personal care help.

If you are struggling to provide your loved one with the help they need, it is possible that it is not necessary for them to move into a care home, but with personal care help, they can remain at home.

Why consider personal homecare help.

If you are struggling to provide the care that your elderly loved one needs, then it is possible you are considering a care home suitable for them. Before you make this decision, you should consider the different types of personal homecare available. This will enable your loved one to remain in the comfort of their own home while receiving the care they need. It is a cheaper alternative to a live-in care home and can offer you help tailored towards your loved one’s personal needs. There are a range of different home care help services available to meet their specific needs.

Consider respite care.

If you want to continue caring for your loved one but are struggling and need a break, then consider a respite care service. A respite care service can offer you support, allowing you to take time off for some much-needed rest. The care service will work with you to ensure your loved one is receiving the right care and you can rest assured your loved one is receiving the help and companionship they need while you are away. Respite care could be anything from a few hours to a few days.

Night Care.

If you are having to not only provide your loved one with help during the day but also the night, you might consider a night care service in Kent to help ease the burden. Caring for your loved one day and night can be very taxing, and a carer can allow you sleep in your own home knowing your loved one is being looked after. A night carer will make sure to meet the specific needs of your loved one as they understand that everyone is different. Kentish Homecare, for example, offers two different services, a waking service or a sitting service. A waking carer stays awake to monitor and assist the client when they need it. However, if your loved one requires minimal help in the night, you might consider a sitting service. This carer will nap while the client sleeps but will permanently be on hand if needed.

Or more permanent help.

If you are perhaps struggling to give your loved one the care they need on a daily basis, you could consider a more permanent carer. They could offer help with day to day tasks such as showering, dressing, cooking and using the toilet. They will establish a routine for your loved one and help with tasks that you might be struggling to assist with. This care will be tailored towards your loved one’s needs. You will have an assessment before the care commences, establishing exactly what homecare help is needed, allowing your carer to offer the best help for your loved one.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you are caring for a loved one. A carer will be professional and friendly and can offer companionship, and they can really make a difference to your loved one’s life.

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Home Help

What is home help Services

If you or an elderly family member needs help in the home, here are a few things you should consider before you decide which type of home help service to choose.

What type of service is best for me

Home care can be flexible to suit your lifestyle and needs. It may be that you’ve only just returned from a brief spell in the hospital and need someone to help you get back on your feet or you may require a full time qualified carer that will help you with your day to day life. If you believe that you or a loved one requires home care, your local council will perform an assessment of your needs and provide a financial quote. This is usually based on income and savings and in some cases local councils, GPs or Clinical Commissioning Groups can help to pay for the costs. However, an independent home care agency is often the most affordable way to make sure that you or your relative gets the required assistance. Every independent home care agency will have a qualified team of staff regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and all will hold a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

What are the benefits of home care

Opting for home care services over residential care can have many benefits. Not only will you have the flexibility of hiring a carer only when needed but you’ll be able to maintain your independence by staying in your own home. What’s more, patients will have the continuity of care that they need and will be less at risk to any illnesses that they may be exposed to in a shared facility such as a residential home. Another benefit is that your loved ones can always visit – something that may be restricted to certain days or times in a residential facility. For elderly couples living in their own home, home care can sometimes be the best option when the idea of living apart seems unimaginable. It can often be a challenge to find a residential home that both individuals can move into together, particularly when only one of them requires care. Part-time home help such as respite care or a sitting service can take the strain off a primary caregiver while still allowing the couple to remain in their home together. Find out more about home care services by searching NHS Choices directories.

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Private Home Care

The benefits of private home care services for the elderly

An increasingly popular option to care for the elderly is private home care as there are many benefits such as allowing them to stay in the comfort of their own home, keep their independence and giving elderly couples a chance to stay together. Here are some of the biggest benefits of home care to help you make an informed decision.

Independence For The Elderly

Studies have found that many elderly people fear the loss of independence over dying. Home care allows them to maintain their independence even if they require assistance with household tasks such as preparing meals and cleaning. Things that may be dictated in a residential home, such as meal times, can frustrate elderly people who have spent their whole lives making their own decisions.

Elderly Companionship

Home care doesn’t always have to be for nursing purposes; it can simply be a way to provide companionship to someone who would otherwise spend a lot of their time alone. A private home care agency will aim to provide a continuity of care so that the elderly person can establish and build up a relationship. This can drastically improve their everyday life, particularly after the loss of a spouse or if they are unable to leave their home as often as they’d like.

Affordable Private Home Care

The affordability of private home care is something that attracts many people. The cost of residential care homes is riding year after year whereas the cost of home care will depend on exactly what type and how much you need. Many choose to go for a flexible structure of part-time home carers that can be considerably cheaper.

Flexibility of Home Care

Home care will allow you or your relative to have as much or as little home care as you need when they need it. The flexibility of home care provides an ideal middle ground between residential care and independent living.

Personalised Home Care

In a care home setting, the personalisation of care may be limited as staff need to focus on more than one patient at once. Private home care service, on the other hand, can be tailored exactly to suit the needs of you or your loved one, and this can also be adapted as things change.

Eases an emotional burden

If you are a primary caregiver to a loved one, private home care can help to ease the emotional burden that this can sometimes have. Concerns about a family member may cause feelings of guilt, resentment, and fear but knowing that someone will be there all or some of the time to keep them company and to help them out will certainly help you.

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Choose A Home Care Agency

How to choose the best home care agency

It is a big decision to decide whether you or your loved one may need home care but if you believe this to be the case, here is how to choose the best home care agency to suit your needs and budget.

Understand what type of care you need

The first step to choosing a home care agency is to decide the type of care that is needed. Home care can come in many different forms and can include home help, care attendants, personal assistants, and carers. Many people need help in the home with personal care and hygiene, meal preparation or cleaning and tidying whereas others may need more specific nursing and healthcare. Often, people can choose home care simply for companionship. Not only will it allow people to keep their independence but home care is flexible and can be provided for short periods of time right through to care 24-hours a day. It can also be emergency care or respite care, allowing a primary caregiver to take a break from their role.

Request a care assessment
If you believe that you or a loved one may need some care at home, you can contact a local authority who will undertake a care assessment. This will give you an idea of exactly what type of care will be the most suitable and the local authority will give you an idea of how much this will cost and how they can help. Often, agency care can still be partially funded by a local authority.

Work out the costs for home care

The costs of care are usually paid at an hourly rate, particularly when used in the short term. UK Care Guide has a calculator that allows you to estimate how much it will cost you to receive care in your home and this can help you to think about budgeting.

Search for a home care provider in Beckenham

Finding a home care provider in your local area shouldn’t be difficult, but you should always make sure that the independent provider that you choose is regulated by the Care Qualities Commission. This means that they must reach a certain standard in areas such as training and record-keeping and will give you peace of mind that you or your loved one is being cared for by a qualified professional. A DBS check is also something that is recommended for home carers. Once you have found a few suitable home care providers, contact the agency and arrange for them to meet you before you make your final decision.

Ask certain questions about home care

Questions that you should ask during the meeting can be split into three areas: questions about the home care agency, questions about the care worker and questions about your needs. Some of the most important questions are:

  • Will you have to pay more for care during the night, on weekends or bank holidays.
  • Is the agency covered by insurance in case of damage to property by the carerCan you engage in a trial period to see if the agency is suitable for you.
  • What qualifications and/or training does the carer have
  • Will there be a continuity of care.
  • How often will the agency speak to you about how they are meeting your needs.
  • How will the agency determine who the right carer is for you/your loved one.

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Home Help

What is home help

Home help services support and assist vulnerable people in the community who, through old age, illness or disability, are unable to fulfill their everyday tasks. Home help allows people to remain in their own home while receiving the level of care that they need and this can either be given by the NHS or by an independent home care agency. With home help, you can get everything from personal care to home security.

What are the benefits of home help

Probably the greatest benefit of home help is that it allows those in need to remain in their own home. The fact that they continue to live in familiar surroundings will take away any of the stress that may come with moving to a residential home and is particularly beneficial with those who suffer from conditions such as dementia. Home help will not disrupt the daily routine of a person and allow them to keep hold of their independence.
Care and support for a vulnerable person must be personalised to their own needs and wants. Home help services allow for a tailored program of care that can be as flexible as needed to fit around their lifestyle. For many people, the care that they already receive will be from a loved one such as a parent, a spouse or a child but with tailored home help, carers and support workers can share the responsibility or take over care altogether, easing something that may become a burden.

It is understandable that some people may not wish to ask for the help that they require for aspects in their everyday life but with home help, they are able to choose as little or as much help as they need and continue to receive the correct support even if their needs change. Extra support can easily be added and can include things such as personal care, housekeeping tasks, meal preparation, someone to stay overnight or more specialist home help services for those suffering from dementia, a physical disability or other long-term health conditions.

To find out more about home help services, visit the Kentish Home Care services page or browse NHS directories to find the right service for you or your loved one.

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