Caring for someone with dementia can be tiring, and not just physically. That’s why there are services available that can provide help to a dementia patient in their own home.

In fact, Red Rose Care provides excellent dementia care at home across Lancashire for a range of people. Red Rose dementia carers understand that caring for loved ones can be demanding and worrying for you and the person living with dementia.

But when it comes to a disease as serious as dementia, it can lead to some people questioning the type of care they should choose. So in this blog, we’re going to review the disease dementia, and whether at-home care is the most suitable option.

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is actually a rather broad term. It covers quite a large range of medical conditions that are recognised for the way they affect our brain functions.

The most common cause of dementia in the UK is Alzheimer’s Disease. Any type of dementia is a progressive condition – the symptoms will develop gradually over time rather then all at once. It often shows through symptoms such as memory loss, lack of focus, or lack of mental sharpness.

Later on in the progressive stages, it can affect a person’s judgement and understanding, their ability to speak, movement, and daily task completion.

Can I Care For My Loved One At Home (If They Have Dementia)?

Short answer is yes.

In fact, as routine and familiarity are important things to establish, home can be the ideal place to care for someone living with dementia.

People can still continue living independently in the early stages of dementia. If they stay active, prioritise health, and communicate regularly with their loved ones, those with dementia can continue living a fulfilling life.

However, it does get worse as it progresses. You or your loved one may need extra help with daily tasks. Shopping, domestic chores, grocery shopping and meal preparation, as well as personal health care and managing medication.

A change of environment or in a routine can be unsettling or difficult for someone living with dementia. Therefore, at-home care is usually one of the most ideal settings.

When Is The Best Time To Request In-Home Care?

Not all cases are the same when it comes to dementia.

For some people it can be a very gradual process that starts presenting symptoms late into their life. Whereas for other people, it can progress quite quickly once it’s been diagnosed and they may already be struggling quite a bit with symptoms.

Also, it is important to remember that dementia doesn’t just manifest itself as memory loss. It can cause drastic personality, mood, and judgement switches. Language may become harsh or vulgar, even if it’s uncharacteristic of a person. Sometimes, dementia patients can become fearful of their loved ones that are taking care of them.

When tasks are becoming difficult, not just for the patient but for you too, it may be worth considering extra help at this point.

Perhaps it’s difficult to manage things by yourself now, or your loved one is struggling to recall your relation to them or even recognise you at all. This is one of the signs that their condition is becoming worse and that in-home care is necessary.

Other signs may be forgetting to eat, bathe, change clothes. And although you may want to care for them at every moment, it’s not always possible. Especially when you have other things going on, like a job or responsibilities as a parent.

Red Rose Care

Our team of dementia carers are constantly kept updated on the latest techniques and guidance on dementia care.

We know that a routine can be important in these circumstances, so we aim to always send out the same carers to dementia patients. Let our compassionate and kind carers ease your struggle by offering you a friendly, helping home and reputable home help.

You can see our other home care services here. If you have any questions about us, reach out.

Call us on 01772 963 740 or email [email protected].