Time for professional care support
Homecare – People providing daily assistance for someone with dementia can really help with caring responsibilities. This can be help and support with household chores to more one to one care for the person with dementia. There are a number of homecare providers who have to be registered with the Quality Care Commission. Adult Social Care through your local council will be able to direct you to homecare providers or why not take a look at our Guide to Dementia Care in your area for local contact details.
Moving to a care home
A time may come, where the loved one may need to move into a care home – where round the clock, specialist care can be provided. When choosing a care home, make a list of factors you are looking for such as: - Garden - En-suite - Meal Choices - Friendly and Caring Staff - Comfortable overall environment - CQC ratings - Distance e.g. 10 miles radius - Affordability.
Once a person with dementia moves into a care home, your own caring role will change so be prepared for this change. Take time to adapt and understand the affect of such a change on you as well as the person with dementia.
End of life care and bereavement
Making a care plan whilst the person with dementia is able so to do, means it is easier to plan for end of life care. What are those person's wishes? What type of funeral would they like? What about the Will and their Estate? It is easier for everyone if there is clarity about a person's wishes up to and after their death. When dealing with bereavement it is important to remember, people experience grief in different ways but it is important to allow emotions to flow and experience the full range of emotions you will feel – sadness, emptiness, fondness, relief, happiness, guilt, why me? etc. This is a natural process. There are various support groups available to help people experiencing grief. Counselling and other bereavement support is available from your GP.