Treating dementia at home means that older people are able to stay in their own homes whilst receiving expert care. This avoids the disorientation that can often occur following a relocation to a nursing home, or care home. Remaining in familiar surroundings provides stability, security and enhanced peace of mind for people learning to live with dementia symptoms.
It’s not just the surroundings that can benefit dementia sufferers. Daily routines are soothing, and can help to reduce confusion and anxiety. Someone who’s used to watching certain TV programmes, or reading a daily paper, will experience a sense of normality when this is maintained, even if the content becomes less accessible.
At Bedfordshire Supported Housing, dementia care in the home is always personalised. We always begin by assessing the needs of our clients, and risk assessing their environment. The care package is individualised to their particular requirements and surroundings. At no point do we ever see an individual with dementia as a ‘cluster of symptoms’. We always prioritise our clients’ dignity, unique achievements, and ongoing desires and interests.
Our personalised dementia care always includes discussions with family or friends who have provided care to date. It’s important to us that we work with existing caregivers, rather than being seen as ‘taking over’. Key to the work we do is helping families with future planning. We can help with practical preparations in the home for the progression of dementia symptoms.
We offer a range of dementia home care services, delivered by trained, professional carers. These include hourly services for people with early symptoms of dementia – such as cooking, shopping, check-ins – and can also include live-in care for people with more severe symptoms. Our carers can also provide respite care, allowing family members to maintain their work or family responsibilities.
The training that BSH staff receive allows them to deal with challenging behaviour effectively and compassionately. We always work with our clients empathically, and never forget the person behind the behaviour.
Our care services are constantly expanding to meet the requirements of our clients. The most regularly used BHS services currently, are:
All BHS staff complete a mandatory training course, as well as supplementary courses annually throughout the time they work with us. Carers working in dementia care receive specialist training in challenging behaviour and medication management.
Our senior team are experienced and have a range of qualifications, including QCF level 5 in Leadership in Health and Social Care and a minimum of QCF level 3 in Health and Social Care. We are recognised by the Care Quality Commission as offering consistently good care to our clients.