People living with dementia often need help to continue living safely at home. But being dependant on someone else for care makes you vulnerable, so how can you find the compassionate, quality care you need? Experts from HomeTouch, give some tips

Care considerations
From hourly care to live-in assistance, it’s important to understand your needs before you start your search. Think about tasks you might need help with, or particular times of day, that have proved a struggle, so that you can employ help when it’s most useful.

Whether you need a regular helping hand with chores, supervision during the sundown hours, or support twenty-four hours a day, the right help is available. In-home care can adapt to changing demands, but it’s much better to be clear about your requirements at the outset.

The right care
To find the person with the right combination of expertise and experience, it’s important to be honest about your care needs. There’s no need to be embarrassed about issues like incontinence or wandering, they are all normal features of dementia. If you are totally clear about the demands of the role, it will be easier to find a carer who can meet your requirements.

How to find a carer
There are a number of ways of accessing care. Each has its own pros and cons, by weighing these up, you can find the right method for you.

Advertising privately can be cost-effective and offers a high level of control, but with that comes the responsibility to carry out safety checks and arrange contracts, sickness cover and insurance.

Management agencies control all aspects of care, training and employing caregivers and overseeing their service. It’s the low hassle option but it’s more expensive, and you may not always get the same carer.

Introductory care agencies, like Hometouch can connect you with self-employed workers. They are paid directly by you, so the costs are lower. This means that you have choice, continuity of care and the carer is rewarded for a job well done.

Safety first
You are letting someone into your home and entrusting them with your health and wellbeing, so you need to know that they can be relied on. There are a number of checks that should always be carried out:

● Are they legally entitled to work in the UK?
● Have they passed a police and criminal record check?
● What are their qualifications?
● What are their references?

If you are hiring a carer privately, then it’s essential to do these checks yourself, however a care agency or an introductory agency will perform this essential screening and share the strain.

Head and heart
When you’re assessing a carer, consider whether they have the skills and experience to attend to your needs. However, caring is about much more than paperwork. Do they have a background in helping people with dementia? Instinct is important. You need to be sure that the person is right, so make sure they tick all the boxes and then go with your gut feeling.

Take time to test
A person who looks perfect on paper, may not be right in practice. We don’t all get along, sometimes personalities can clash. So, always run a trial care session, when you can really observe the way they work. It’ll give you a better idea of whether you can relax in their care and rely on them.

Remember, whilst a diagnosis of dementia can be devastating, there can still be joy in life. With the right care in place, you can continue to live in comfort, safety and dignity.

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