Living With Dementia
At CareMatch, we understand that living with dementia is completely life changing for the Care Receiver and also for those around them. In the early stages of dementia, many Care Receivers are able to carry on living as they did before diagnosis. However, as their symptoms get worse, they can easily become stressed, scared and anxious because they cannot remember things or follow what is happening around them. Many dementia patients feel more comfortable receiving Care at Home so that they’re not separated from family, friends and their familiar surroundings.
At CareMatch, we are on hand to help with day-to-day tasks that become difficult for Care Receivers with dementia, we understand that it sometimes takes a little bit of extra time and patience to communicate with them effectively and we make time for the little things that can help them with their memory loss (such as labelling things around the house). Every dementia patient experiences the condition differently, and so at CareMatch, our experienced Carer Members will work with a Care Receiver and their Care Hub to make sure that their care plan is tailored to their needs specifically, so that they can continue to live as independently as possible and continue to do the things that they enjoy. If you are the regular care giver for a dementia patient, we understand that it is easy to feel stressed, overwhelmed and alone. At CareMatch, our team of experienced Carer Members are on hand to offer help and support, so that you don’t feel you are caring for someone by yourself, and the Care Receiver can have the best care journey possible.
What does dementia care include?
- Help with administering medication
- Low-support medical care if needed
- Personal care, such as help with getting dressed, going to the toilet or having a bath
- Being reminded and encouraged to carry on with day-to-day personal care, such as going to the to toilet, having a bath or making a meal (if the Care Receiver is capable of doing so alone)
- Physical and mental support, especially if a Care Receiver feels scared, confused, disorientated or anxious
- Encouragement with physical and recreational activities if possible, for example, going for a short walk, going to the cinema, or meeting a friend for coffee
- Help with household tasks, such as the laundry, cooking meals or walking the dog
- Running essential errands, for example collecting your medication or doing a food shop
- Companionship - Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference. It’s important for Care Receivers with dementia to have a familiar face around the house so that they feel assured and have continuity in their day-to-day life
- Overnight Care - Care Receivers with dementia can be prone to waking up in the night due to disruption to their natural ‘body clock’, and they can be very confused when they do. Our Carer Members are on hand to offer help and reassurance during the night to ensure a Care Receiver’s safety and alleviate any anxieties
- Respite Care - If you are a Care Receiver’s regular care giver, and you need some extra support or some time off, our team of Carer Members can step in and help and give you peace of mind knowing that your Care Receiver is receiving the high quality of care they are used to
Our specialist Carer Members have the necessary training and experience in working with dementia patients to ensure a high-quality care service that is tailored to them and their needs specifically. At CareMatch, we know that every moment counts, and we strive to enable our Care Receivers to live as independently as possible, at home for as long as they can.
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