The Alzheimer’s Society estimate that there are around 920,000 people living with dementia in the UK currently. This figure is expected to rise to over a million in 2024. 61% of people over 65 with a dementia diagnosis, are living at home, more often than not receiving their primary care from a family member.
For many people with dementia, remaining at home is preferable to the upheaval of relocating to an unfamiliar environment. Bedfordshire Supported Housing offers dementia respite care for families in Bedfordshire.
BSH carers are trained professionals offering personalised dementia care whilst family carers take a break. Whether it’s regular hourly visits, or live-in care to provide cover for a longer break, we always begin by assessing the specific needs of our clients. Our carers are trained to work with the person rather than their symptoms, and our care is respectful, and delivered from the heart.
Our person-centred approach to care involves discussions with our client and their carers about the services that would be most helpful. We don’t arrive with pre-conceived notions of what ‘good care’ looks like, because we know that it’s different in every single case.
Respite care takes many forms, and BSH can tailor it to fit your needs. Carers usually know what kind of respite best suits them, and we can design a package of care to accommodate those requirements. The NHS lists six types of respite care:
The training that BSH staff receive allows them to deal with the symptoms of dementia effectively and compassionately.
Bedfordshire Supported Housing is an established provider of home care in the region. All the services we offer begin with an initial assessment, including a risk assessment, in order to be sure that we’re offering everything our clients require during the respite period. We work closely with family carers to ensure that the very best care is in place. Our dementia respite care services include:
All our staff complete an initial training course, as well as supplementary specialist courses annually throughout the time they work with us. Specialist training includes dementia, 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.