Dementia Awareness Week May 2016

Understanding dementia care

Understanding dementia care

For many, it is a privilege and joy to be able to provide dementia care for their loved one. However, looking after older people with dementia can be draining on the entire family.

If someone close to you has been diagnosed with dementia it can have an impact on the whole family. Supporting and caring for a loved one with dementia is extremely rewarding but can also be extremely stressful and, at times, upsetting. Dementia can change a relationship and deeper bonds and unexpected rewards can develop through care which demands a deep-seated level of compassion and acceptance. However, the demands of care can also become gradually more exhausting, physically and emotionally. This is where Comfort Keepers can step in and offer additional support.

We offer a professional and compassionate in-home care service and our care workers are highly trained to provide specialist care for those living with dementia. We are dedicated to preserving the happiness and independence of those suffering with dementia to enable them to stay living in their own homes for as long as is safely possible.

Caring starts with understanding: some handy facts on dementia from the Alzheimer’s Society UK:

What is dementia?

  • Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of those diagnosed.
  • Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. Dementia is a terminal condition.

Who is affected?

  • There are over 800,000 people with dementia in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021.
  • One in three people over 65 will die with dementia.

What about treatments and research?

  • There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia. Delaying the onset of dementia by five years would halve the number of deaths from the condition, saving 30,000 lives a year.

An adapted care approach: Interactive Caregiving™

In order to provide the highest quality dementia care, at Prestige Nursing + Care, our care workers are specially trained to deliver Interactive Caregiving. Our approach is designed to help the elderly, and specifically those experiencing the symptoms of dementia, keep their brains active and challenged. Mentally-active older people are less likely to develop the disease, and more likely to strengthen their cognitive function. We do things with your loved one, not just for them. This kind of mental engagement helps older people have greater meaning and enjoyment in their lives as well as improving their mental health.

Older people who feel involved and engaged have a higher quality of life – and this is what Prestige Nursing + Care strives for. Through Interactive Caregiving, a range of activities are undertaken, which aim to improve the mental and physical health of those living with dementia. For example:

  • Sharing hobbies
  • Listening to music and sometimes dancing
  • Walking around the neighbourhood
  • Browsing through family photo albums
  • Putting puzzles together or working on crafts
  • Working together on projects around the house

The role of nutrition in dementia

For those with dementia it is particularly important to keep a watchful eye on nutrition. Those living with the disease are more likely to lose weight for a variety of reasons from a lack of appetite, difficulties with co-ordination and cooking, and problems with recognising and communicating hunger.

Prestige Nursing + Care’ Interactive Caregiving makes healthy eating a priority. Our care workers help your loved ones with shopping and cooking, and they share meals together to ensure that they enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

A personal approach

Prestige Nursing + Care prepares a customised care service package that details exactly what type of care each individual requires and how our services can help. Care workers can provide a variety of services: ranging from weekly visits of two hours through to a 24 hour in-home live-in service.

Find out more about how Prestige Nursing + Care could support you and your loved one living with dementia here.

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We are here to take your call and will provide impartial support and guidance – contact our friendly care experts today to discuss your nurse-led care needs.

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks:

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.