Domestic support a person with dementia may need
Dementia home care is for elderly people who are living in their own home but need a little help to make sure they are able to carry out basic domestic tasks safely and correctly.
If they are not able to do so this is where dementia home care can help especially if the person has memory problems.
If the person is not able to do some of the everyday jobs or weekly tasks then they will need help to fulfill these tasks.
This is where dementia home care can help.
We take a look at how dementia home care can be used to help around the home
Many sufferers of memory loss who live in their own home reside with a partner, family relative or friend. In which case, you would probably be aware of how well they do their tasks either alone or with you both together. But if you struggle or need additional help then you could get help with specialist dementia home care.
If the person lives alone or lives with an elderly person then it is essential that everyday things like shopping, paying the bills, bathing etc, are still carried out by the individual or help is given to them to ensure that their needs are still met.
How dementia home care can help
We take a look at some of the domestic tasks that you need to make sure are still carried out by the person. Otherwise they will need help with domestic everyday tasks so that the individual is still able to be independent and continue to live on their own safely without putting themselves in any danger.
It is up to the carer or the person responsible for the individuals care how any support is given to the person in their own home. We would always try to encourage them to have a care plan. But consider having dementia home care to help when caring for a person with dementia. It will make your life as the carer easier and will benefit the person with dementia.
Making and getting drinks
Is the individual drinking enough water during the day. It’s easy to become dehydrated in a short period of time so it should be easy for the person to have access to a drink during the day and night. When in bed, it maybe advisable for the person to have a drink on a bedside table. This can help stop the person from wandering during the night if they get a thirst.
You should check to see if cooking food is not a problem to the person. Using cookers, grills and even pots and pans can be something we never think about but with memory loss it can become a problem if they forget how to cook or forget what gets hot. It can also be dangerous, especially with devices such as gas and electric appliances. It was recently brought to the nation’s attention on an episode of Coronation Street, when Alzheimer’s suffering Leslie was electrocuted when trying to wash a toaster in the sink whilst it was still plugged in to the mains electricity.
Washing and dressing needs
A person’s needs with washing, bathing, choosing clothes and getting dressed will change as the dementia progresses. The person may need dementia home care help when it comes to having a bath or shower or choosing clothes to wear. The water temperature of the hot water system in the person’s house may need to be regulated to a safe temperature.
You can fit safety devices to appliances such as baths and sinks to control the hot water temperature that comes out of the taps. These devices are usually safer than just adjusting the temperature of the boiler.
The person may need to be accompanied when they go shopping to help them focus and shop for the correct food. A lot of decisions have to be made when you go shopping and people with dementia can find it very challenging to have to make so many decisions with so much choice, especially when shopping in a supermarket. It can lead to frustration and confusion in the person.
Why not try to encourage the person to consider having the weekly shop delivered instead of trawling around the supermarkets. The majority of the UK large supermarkets provide a home delivery service for every product you could find in store. Many with free delivery.
Many services provided by social services and organisations now have to be paid for and available funding for some services is now extinct due to the cutbacks the government is imposing. Therefore it is essential that the persons finances are secure and properly managed. Dementia home care may have to be paid for privately if they are means tested. Does the person qualify for state funding with care costs or help towards paying for services such as dementia home care or respite carer costs should they need it.
We have all heard of the stories about somebody with dementia giving all their life savings to a cowboy builder. Having a power of attorney in place is a safe way to control the finances of a person with dementia. You should speak to a solicitor and also try to speak to the individual who has the disease about having power of attorney over their money and assets before the dementia advances.
Making sure utility bills and other household bills are paid on a regular basis and promptly are crucial. You don’t want the bailiffs calling for money for an unpaid gas bill. Not all dementia home care will deal with a persons day-to-day bills. It could be left up to a family member or partner.
It can be a tricky subject when it comes to money because nobody likes to lose control of their own finances, but they may eventually need to be taken over by somebody else if the person is unable to budget and care for their own finances securely.
If you are a friend or relative of somebody who suffers from a disease like dementia then you can get dementia home care help from many sources. Take a look at our groups list for help with many services that are there to help.
The Alzheimer’s Society have a range of factsheets that you can download on everyday care when caring for a person with dementia at home.