Emergency respite care for dementia
One of the scariest sensations in life is hearing that a parent or other relative has been officially diagnosed with dementia. Not only for them but also for or other care givers and what this means for your life and how you will have to organise and arrange care for them.
There are over 750,000 people in the UK, which is predicted to rise as the population ages, and diagnosis improves.
Dementia is where there is some disruption to the way a person’s brain normally functions. Sufferers experience confusion, impaired or loss of memory and problem solving ability, reduced coordination and frequent mood swings. There are different types and degrees of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, vascular, Lewy Body and frontal lobe dementia. An accurate early diagnosis is essential so that treatment and care plans and preparations can be set out as soon as possible for the carer, consultant and patient to agree on and move toward.
Panic can be the first emotion when the diagnosis is reached and this is compounded by worry when you start to consider all the elements of treatment that are involved.
After the initial diagnosis, friends and family will automatically take on the home caring responsibilities when needed such as preparing meals, keeping the house tidy and clean, taking the patient shopping and on journeys etc. When we are needed we tend to rise to the occasion and do whatever we can for people to help them and make them feel better.
But as well as caring for a dementia sufferer, a home carer needs to consider his or her own requirements and recovery time. Caring for someone can quickly become a full time occupation on top of your regular daily roles as a parent or friend. You might also have to add caring duties on top of a full-time job.
This is where respite care is essential to give carers a break from their duties and chance to maintain their own independence, lives and make sure they don’t become exhausted and despondent about their caring responsibilities.
As dementia gets to a more advanced stage, carers and family members providing care find that they experience more difficult and stress when the personality and behaviour of their loved ones begins to change in front of them. This is when specialist dementia carers can provide proper and structured emergency respite care for dementia sufferers and their carers.
Their training, knowledge and experience will be a great help to any family in this situation as well as being a friendly ear to listen to your questions and cares and let you know that they have done this before and they can help you get the best life/caring balance for you and your loved ones.
At Kentish Homecare, we provide a full and extensive respite home care service to help people get some time back in their lives to recuperate physically and mentally and have some time out from your duties.