Dementia and Alzheimer’s

It’s hard to accept that one day we might need help with the daily activities that we could once do by ourselves. However, the fact is that everybody is going to need some extra help sometimes, especially as we get older. This is particularly true for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s. These conditions can significantly impair your memory and your cognitive ability. Often people with these conditions do end up needing 24/7 care. Here’s why live in care is the best option in this situation.

Comfort

People feel more comfortable when they are in their own home. This is just one of the advantages of having live-in care as opposed to going residential. A live-in carer would be at your home 24/7 to assist you with your needs ranging from housework to washing and dressing. A live-in carer will be completely adaptable depending on your situation and can work with you to understand your individual needs and the best way to meet them. They will be able to provide the high level of support that someone living with dementia needs.

Independence

While you will have someone around all the time to assist when needed, a live in carer allows you to retain a level of independence in your life if that’s what you want. In a residential home, you may not feel like you have as much freedom and independence as you would if you were in your own home with a live in carer. While it can be difficult for patients living with Alzheimer’s and dementia to gain full independence, the feeling and comfort of being more in control of their own life is certainly there when at home. A live-in carer can be a friend rather than a warden while still helping when necessary with the tough jobs and maintaining the safety as well as the quality of life of the individual.

Companionship

When you’re in a residential home, it can be hard to bond with the care staff, not because they aren’t competent but because there are many other people there who require their attention. If you choose live in care, it is easier to form a bond with the person working with you. This level of familiarity and routine is crucial for those with cognitive and memory issues.

Improving Memory

One of the benefits of live in care is that, as the name suggests, the patients gets to stay in their own home. For individuals living with dementia, this provides a crucial benefit. Studies suggest that people experiencing the effects of such conditions may deteriorate more rapidly if they are in an unfamiliar environment such as a care home. Research also suggests that muscle memory remains intact for longer making it easier for people to live and move in their own home.

We hope that this advice helps you see the benefits of live-in care and how much less stress can be caused by choosing this option. Why not contact us today to find out how we can help?