What is Dementia Care?

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK. The impact on you and your loved ones receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be incredibly daunting. You may be unsure how to handle the behaviours and situations, as Dementia is a disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease, and the effects for those with the illness can be significant.

Initiating a conversation regarding the need of care can be challenging for both parties. To support you through this journey, we provide trained and experienced carers to help maintain your loved ones quality of life while remaining in their own home. We strongly believe that seeing a friendly and familiar face on every visit is essential and we will work with you to ensure the routines are incorporated into a bespoke Dementia Care Plan that can be routinely followed.

What can we do to help?

Our carers are trained to notice early changes and act accordingly to ensure safety and wellbeing are prioritised and will be dealt with in a timely manner. Where possible, we involve the care recipient as we promote independence, empowerment and choice, balanced with managing risks safely. Your loved one will have a small pool of carers assigned to ensure consistency and continuity of care.

Dementia care symptom management covers but is not limited to:

  • Memory boxes or books
  • Companionship and social outings
  • Medication reminders
  • Symptom management
  • Personal Care
  • Catheter Care and Continence Management
  • Meal Preparation
  • Household chores
  • Regular exercise routine

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Our family values are at the heart of everything we do

The impact on you and your loved one receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be very daunting. The diagnosis will inevitably lead to many questions (what next?, how will we cope?, what care requirements will we need?) which will result in a need to re-evaluate aspects of your loved-one’s everyday life that are taken for granted.

As Dementia is a disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease, the effects for those with the illness can be significant. The symptoms typically become noticeable through memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning. What’s most challenging is that these symptoms must be managed by the family rather than the individual who may be, at least initially, unaware of their change in circumstances.

This can make initiating a conversation about the need for care challenging for both parties.

We have the experience and training to be able to help provide a routine that is so essential. As dementia can affect day-to-day memory and orientation, having such a routine in place is very important.

Let us help give you a break

To support families going through this ‘journey’ with their loved-one, we provide trained and experienced carers to help maintain our service user’s quality of life while remaining in their own home. We strongly believe that seeing a friendly and familiar face on every visit is essential and we can work with you to ensure the routines are incorporated into a bespoke dementia care plan that can be routinely followed.

There are aspects of daily life that you may wish to consider when having an initial discussion with your family member. These can be included in the care plan and examples include reminders to take medicines and helping manage symptoms, support with taking a shower or bathing, getting dressed, catheter care and continence management to maintain their dignity and comfort, establish a regular exercise routine, making sure they have balanced diet and support with routine household chores and shopping.

Testimonials from our Branch Network

Read what our care recipients and their families have to say about their experience with Clarity Homecare.

Michael C. Care recipient's husband

Our relationship with the carer who comes every morning is always on time to bathe and dress my wife is very good. Her manager and herself are always very helpful and can’t do enough for us. They are wonderful people and a credit to Clarity Homecare.

John D. Care recipient's wife

Our family are so grateful for the considerate and patient care that our Mother receives from Clarity Homecare. Everyone that we have dealt with has been so efficient, any time we have had a question or concern it has been answered promptly and to our satisfaction.

Jennifer R. Caregiving daughter

My Mom’s primary caregiver is wonderful. The nurse is wonderful and the overall experience was awesome!

Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of domiciliary / home care?

Often decisions about our loved-one’s care are made in haste as a result of having to react to circumstances the family are suddenly faced with. As we know almost 3 in 4 people would rather spend their time in their own home when growing old, we believe it’s important to initiate a conversation sooner rather than later to help a more seamless introduction of care in the recipient’s life. Being prepared means having a choice and planning ahead. Identifying and addressing the care needs, providing a supportive solution before it’s needed is the best way to avoid this. We’re here to help you do that.

Why is home care good for my family?

Primarily, you want to maintain the strength of a relationship that’s always been enjoyed. Time spent with your loved ones in their old age should be memorable and enjoyable, not resentful. Choosing a high quality, trusted home care provider removes a great deal of the stress surrounding long term decision-making for your loved ones and home care is the least expensive arrangement compared to care delivered in a residential setting.

Is home care the right thing for you to be considering?

There are a number of consideration about care for your family member that have perhaps led you to research it further, you may be: struggling to provide support yourself due to time, work, a lack of proximity to your loved one, or other pressures, you may prefer their time spent with you to be sociable, needing a break from the time you spend looking after their needs, concerned about the long term costs associated with residential care? If one or a number of these strike a chord, then home care may well be the right option for your family.

What types of care services do you offer?

We offer a wide range of care services that will be of valuable help to you and your wider family in looking after your loved-one. A full listing of how we can help can be found by visiting our ‘Services’.

Is home care more expensive than a residential care home?

The benefit you have in maintaining control on the costs for home care is to ensure the care plan is covering the bespoke requirements you have for your loved-one’s care. You can therefore decide the level of care and support you need rather than paying a care home provider to fund care which is shared across many individuals. When considering it in those terms, home care makes for a preferential investment than residential care.

How do I arrange care provision with Clarity Homecare?

Contact the friendly and helpful teams at one of our Clarity Homecare offices [use hyperlink to locations page] and we can arrange a complimentary consultation and review to visit you and discuss how Clarity Homecare can work for you. We are happy to visit you at the care recipient’s home and once we have decided on the best course of action and you’ve reviewed the care plan, we can take everything on from there.

What happens if I feel there needs to be amends made to the care package?

Having done this for over 26 years, we’re aware that people’s care needs very often change. We therefore understand that the care requirements may need reviewing from time to time. To support this, we carry out reviews on a regular basis and why we are pleased to hear from members of the immediate family about effective methods for delivering the care service for their relative.

Is there anything that carers are unable to do?

Due to their medical nature, our carers are not able to give injections or change sterile dressings. Please also bear in mind that we cannot carry out tasks which are likely to cause risk to either the care recipient or to our carer. Tasks will be agreed with you in advance as part of the care plan. Any changes to the plan can be discussed with your local team.

Will the same carer always be available to deliver the care plan?

This will largely be determined by the dependency the care recipient has and on how many care visits are planned each week to provide this support. Please be aware that we very rarely have just one care assistant assigned to a particular customer however we will aim to have well-matched carers allocated to your loved-one. As you can appreciate, we must manage the time where the carer may be away on holiday or unwell, however we do try to keep the number of your care assistants to an absolute minimum.

How can I be reassured about our security and that of our home?

Every member of our care teams has been through a rigorous vetting procedure before they start working with us including a DBS check. In addition, all staff will always be in uniform and carry a personalised identification card which shows their name, photograph and signature.

How do I pay for my care?

This can vary depending on how where the source of the enquiry was received. Using the example of it being directly with yourself, then we will send you an invoice once a fortnight/month. If you wish to pay by standing order just let us know.
Please get in touch with your local office as the payment methods may vary.

How much do the services cost and can I get help with paying for them?

We will put together a detailed care plan for each customer which, as well as setting out the care to be delivered, also shows the weekly costs. Some people will be entitled to assistance with the cost of their care either from their local Social Services office or via other Government grants.

What safeguards do I have?

Clarity Homecare is registered with the local registration body in each country in which we operate. These bodies set the minimum standards by which we operate, however in every case we seek to exceed these minimum standards by a significant margin. These bodies have standards which set out how we should operate. We also carry Public Liability insurance (£10million).