Dementia is a condition that impacts an individual’s ability to think rationally, communicate clearly or plan effectively. This leads to forgetfulness, confusion and loss of daily routines that can increase the risks of living at home. And yet, remaining in the home, surrounded by familiar objects has been found to be extremely beneficial for dementia sufferers.
For families that want their loved ones to be cared for at home, Francis House Homecare provides 24 hour dementia care in Bedford. This allows people with Lewy body dementia, Alzheimer’s, and vascular dementia to maintain a good quality of life, and to feel safe and secure.
24 hour care means that a client is cared for night and day by a team of carers. It’s available to people who need constant attention whilst living at home. The aim is to ensure that a client is safe in their home environment, and feels they have support at all times. We create detailed profiles for our dementia clients and we will always treat the person rather than their symptoms.
Francis House carers are dementia specialists who will monitor medications, mood, symptoms, sleep patterns and diet. Equally important is the time they spend with clients engaging them in memory recall, conversation and activities. Regular outdoor exercise and ongoing hydration monitoring is an integral part of our caring schedule.
Our carers usually encounter clients at a moment where families recognise that they need help with their loved one’s care. Introducing a professional into the home is never easy, so we recognise the need for patience, time and sensitivity to everyone’s feelings. We’re experienced in working with families on this transitional period, and our aim is always to complement their ongoing care.
The progressive nature of dementia means that forward planning is important. Rather than responding to symptoms when they occur, we work with families to plan ahead.
Caring for a friend or family member with dementia is hugely rewarding, but it can also be exhausting and debilitating. Especially if the care is needed day and night. We always recommend that unpaid carers take regular breaks in order to be able to continue to offer the exceptional care they provide. Breaks can also replenish the energy of the person cared for, too.
Francis House Homecare provides 24 hour respite care in Bedford, as well as long-term care. Knowing that your loved one is receiving constant care and attention by a professional team means that you can enjoy your break and return rejuvenated.
Francis House 24 hour dementia care services are designed to support the safety and well-being of dementia clients in their own home. All our dementia services are provided by specialist carers who are trained and have the experience to be able to deliver care at every stage of dementia.
Personal care and grooming
Help with getting ready for the day or retiring to bed
Care during the night
Laundry and cleaning tasks
Monitoring of nutritional intake
Specialist feeding through PEG
Social outings and companionship
The Care Quality Commission recognises the care delivered by Francis House to be of a consistently good quality. Our carers have the relevant training and experience which allows them to deliver high-quality care for dementia clients, based on empathy, compassion and respect.
Our specialist care workers receive ongoing training in dementia care and managing challenging behaviour.