Finding the right dementia care for a loved one is something that many families need to consider. As the years have gone by, I have realised the importance of getting the right care for the older members of my family. My grandparents were all able to stay in their own homes as they aged but sometimes, this isn’t an option for those that need additional psychological and physical help. Of course, this is not limited to older people but growing up in a family where the majority of us were older, has made me think more about this age group.
Finding the Right Dementia Care
When it is time for someone you love to go into a dementia care home, it can be an anxious time. It would be wonderful for everyone to stay in their own homes when they become less able to care for themselves but this is not always possible. Barchester Healthcare has produced a useful guide to Choosing a Care Home for People Living with Dementia to help with this.
When I left home and moved to University, I spent some time looking around different Universities to see which felt homely. When I left University to find my own rented place, I made sure that the house I chose was somewhere that I felt safe and at home. When choosing the right dementia care, I think that the same principle applies. It is important that the care home chosen is somewhere that gives your loved one the feeling of being at home.
Feeling Relaxed in a New Environment is Key
When I first visit somewhere new, I tend to know whether it is somewhere that I will feel comfortable and relaxed within the first few minutes. When choosing a care home, it is important to note how welcome the staff make you feel. It is also important to see how the staff interact with each other as well as how they care for the people who live in the care home. Taking note of the activities that are happening can also give you an idea of what it would be like to live in the care home. If the people there seem happy and engaged in tasks, such as everyday tasks as well as being given the opportunity to reminisce about the past, these are good indications that this is a care home your loved one will be happy living in.
Getting the Right Care for Individual Needs
It is important that you are treated as an individual in your potential new home. Being assured that there will be at least one member of staff that will personally get to know you and your family can be a great way to feel valued as a member of a care home. Overall, you need to find the right place for your loved one’s individual needs. This will be their new home and choosing a new home can take a lot of consideration.
You can find more information and a checklist of things to consider in the guide to Choosing a Care Home for People Living with Dementia.
Disclosure: This is a Collaborative Post with Barchester.