Dementia can be a life changing condition, it gradually affects your loved ones memory and leaves them unable to retain or process new information, which can lead to frustration and confusion. Our specialist carers are expertly trained in all aspects of supporting those living with dementia, they are handpicked for their calm, patient and kind nature and will work with you and your loved one to ensure that they feel comfortable and confident at home.
Realising that your loved one may potentially have dementia can be incredibly stressful for families and extremely daunting for those living with the condition. We work alongside families to put together specialist personal care plans which will ensure that your loved one can remain at home, where it’s familiar – rather than moving into a residential or nursing home which can be unsettling and upsetting for your loved one.
If you suspect or are aware that your loved one has dementia, Care 1st are on hand and able to offer home care visits, temporary or respite, as well as live-in support at home, call us on 0117 968 4809 for free advice today.
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. With over two hundred strains of dementia, the five most common types are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia.
Regardless of the type of dementia your loved one has, each individual reacts in different ways, unfortunately dementia damages the cells in the brain so that messages cannot be sent effectively to and from the brain, meaning that the body struggles to cope and your loved one finds it more challenging to do the things that to us feel routine. This change is incredibly stressful and can affect an individual in many ways, your loved one may experience differing symptoms.
You may begin to notice that your loved one may have problems retaining new information. They may seem increasingly forgetful, forget familiar faces of relatives or friends and begin to misplace or forget where things are kept.
Dementia displays itself differently from one person to the next, you may find that your loved one forgets how to get to familiar places such as the post office or local shop, or they may struggle to find things at home, or be restless and agitated. You may find that your loved one begins to become more easily frustrated, and struggle to reason problems or make decisions.
You may also find that your loved one begins to repeat themselves, or have difficulty speaking and remembering names of places or words, or family members. They may experience changes in their personality, have mood swings or become anxious, or suffer from depression. A common problem is that following conversations becomes challenging, conversation is too fast and they struggle to keep up. Your loved one may start to lose interest in seeing family and friends because they become tired more easily and don’t feel relaxed, you may find that your mum or dad who used to be incredibly outgoing becomes shy, retiring and at times frustrated.
As one of the leading dementia care providers in the South West, Care 1st have nearly 20 years experience in providing specialist dementia support in the home. We provide both visiting and full time live in care, to ensure that your loved one can remain in the home that they know and love, rather than upsetting their routine by moving them to a residential or nursing setting.
By choosing Care 1st you can rest assured that you are employing a high quality, experienced, fully managed home care service that is licensed and regulated service – by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). What’s more our Berkshire home care service has been awarded the top award ‘Outstanding’ for providing a safe, effective, caring and responsive to our customers individual and personal needs.
We provide specialist dementia care across the South West, from Wiltshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Berkshire and the surrounding areas. We’re on hand to listen to any of your care needs and to talk you through your options. Call us today on 0117 968 4809, request a callback or alternatively email us and we’ll contact you.