Choosing the right type of care when you or your loved one require support for daily living can be difficult. When living with the effects of dementia, the choices for care can be more difficult as loss of memory and a fear of new situations can make the need for familiarity critically important for the wellbeing and happiness of the person living with dementia.
Care homes are often the only type of care that is considered and yet this means enormous upheaval and can make adapting to life in a new environment exceptionally difficult for a person with dementia.
With care homes reporting that over 80% of their residents are living with dementia or severe memory problems, is choosing to move into a care home the best move for those you love?
Quality of life considerations
While it is without doubt that there are some residential care homes offering excellent care, an Alzheimer’s Society report states that less than 50% of the over 300,000 sufferers have a good quality of life. This may not be due to the individual care home, but more about whether a home is fundamentally the best place for someone with dementia. Many relatives believe that as long as medical and physical needs are met, that is all that can be expected of the care provided, but what about mental health and wellbeing? This is where care at home can excel in providing the best possible care for those living with dementia.
Why choose care in your own home?
Home care services and live-in care allow your loved one to stay at home, something which can slow down the progression of dementia that may be exacerbated when taking a person away from their home and the familiarity that have been around them for possibly decades. They might also be forced to give up living with their partner or pet.
Having care at home is a way to make the best of the good days, with activities and care personalised just for the individual. The professional carer chosen will be perfectly placed to see this and does not have the needs of many other residents to care for, which can limit the time they are able to spend with your loved one or their flexibility to enjoy activities spontaneously.
Costs of live-in care
If you’re considering the financial impact of care, you may find that a care home isn’t always the cheapest option either. In fact, the cost of in-home care services may not be as high and can be a great option where more than one person requires care. Familiar comforts for your loved one, with a carer to meet their individual needs, could be best choice for their mental wellbeing. And, it would still offer care not just on a par with – but better than – that received in a care home.
Peace of mind
Most families want the security of knowing that their loved ones are cared for. In home care, where they remain within familiar surroundings could be the better option for people with dementia. They may also benefit from staying with a spouse or pets, and can still have individual care tailored for them alone.