Having a trained dementia carer living at home can be a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. You can have someone there to support you or your loved one whenever they need it throughout the day or night. With increasing awareness about people living with Alzheimer’s, there is now more support than ever for those living with dementia.  With the help of new research, medical support and a trained dementia carer means you and your family don’t need to face the onset of dementia alone.

One to One Support is Key

There are many benefits of having a one to one dementia carer living at home. Firstly, it helps people stay amongst their familiar surroundings. This is particularly important as familiarity at home is more comforting to someone living with dementia. An understanding of dementia is imperative when caring for someone at home. Dementia can affect a person’s ability to live alone as it can affect their ability to think things through and plan ahead. People living with Dementia often become confused or forgetful. Familiar tasks such as cooking or dressing become more difficult. Dementia can cause someone to behave uncharacteristically or in some cases put themselves at risk. A trained care assistant can provide care at all times and be there to ensure someone is properly cared for. With the support of a dementia carer these situations can be managed, better understood and resolved by a trained carer who is not a close friend or relative.

Person-Centered Dementia Carer

Together with family members, a dementia carer gets to know what may cheer or calm the person in their care. There might be a particular routine they like to maintain which, if not followed, leaves someone feeling upset or confused. A dementia carer develops a relationship with the client so they manage the symptoms of dementia and get to know how to resolve a tense, or confused moment. This includes talking to them about memories, looking through photographs or putting on familiar music. A person with dementia also needs to be paid attention to and cared for continuously. This is to ensure that basic needs such as eating and drinking enough fluids throughout the day are met.

Things You Should Know About Dementia

  1. Dementia is caused by diseases to the Brain. Other types of dementia include: Vascular DementiaMixed Dementia, Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia.
  2. Dementia affects more than just memory. Becoming more forgetful is a natural part of ageing but Dementia is different. It affects a person’s ability to plan, engage in conversation and their mood or behaviour.
  3. People can live well with Dementia. With a strong network of close friends, relatives and a full-time carer can enable someone living with Dementia lead an active and purposeful life.

There are great charities that are increasing the public’s knowledge about Dementia and how we can support those living with a form of Dementia. You can find more information from the Alzheimer’s Society.

Our Dementia Carer Training

Our experienced training and recruitment team have developed our new carer process over the past 24 years. Each of our carers must pass our in-house training course together with our extensive background checks. The training assessment covers everything a dementia carer needs to know and is lead by a dementia champion. As a result, our dementia carers are equipped emotionally and practically to support vulnerable adults at home. Looking after a person within their own home brings unique challenges and dementia affects individuals in many different ways. People often forget that people need emotional as well as practical support. This is particularly the case when caring for someone with dementia. We pride ourselves on our highly trained members of staff to work as a team to bring you and your family the support you need at home.

Support from Healthcare Professionals

We are proud of our highly qualified team and our experienced trained carers. Combined with our policies and practices we can ensure our clients receive a professional, knowledgeable and supportive service. In addition, we expect every member of our team to have a caring demeanour and to treat everybody with dignity and respect. Furthermore, we expect this to extend beyond the workplace. Our Care Team who manage each care placement includes Registered Nurses, an Occupational therapist and a Psychiatric Nurse who are there to support you.

I wanted to write to say a belated but heartfelt thank you to the ENA Team. I have learned a great deal recently from witnessing the very constructive, sympathetic approach your carers have adopted in these situations.Earlier this year and end of last seemed to be a particularly tough time and I was very impressed with the improvement of Mum's wellbeing following the meeting that you and your team conducted with her and the subsequent actions you took. The professional and caring way you handled this including bringing the team to our home must have taken a lot of time, expertise and careful thought.We (mother, cousin and I) just wanted you to know that we really appreciate all that you have done.”

— Ms C, Hertfordshire

To find out more about our services, why not speak to a friendly member of our care team today? They will be able to arrange a free assessment and begin your journey in receiving professional support at home.