People suffering with dementia in the UK are more likely to remain in their own homes, rather than going into residential care. At present, two-thirds of people with dementia are being supported and cared for in their own homes by family members and/or friends.
Remaining in familiar circumstances has been shown to be better for people with dementia than being moved to the unfamiliar setting of a care home. Francis House Homecare provides dementia care at home in Bedford for clients who have chosen to continue to live independently.
Our live in care service is designed to support people requiring full-time care in order to live at home safely. Clients who choose this service have a professional specialist in dementia care living in their home with them. They provide companionship, social stimulation, personal care and light household duties.
At Francis House Homecare we believe in treating the person, rather than the symptoms. Our live in carers are carefully selected to be a good match for their client. Once in residence they will take time to engage them in conversations, activities and memories that are special to them.
Vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease present a vast array of symptoms that differ in each person. Francis House carers are often introduced into a household when families need help to cope with their loved one’s symptoms. We always begin with an assessment, so that we can tailor our dementia care at home precisely and accurately. This also includes a risk assessment.
A live in carer is introduced gradually into the daily life of their client, in order that a genuine relationship can begin to develop. Once established, our dementia carers can help families to plan for care going forward. This often involves a number of practical solutions which will help their client to manage the home environment safely.
Dementia care at home can be used to give family carers a holiday break, or it may be a long-term solution. What’s important is that unpaid carers get the opportunity to take time out, and rejuvenate, whilst knowing that their loved one is receiving continuous care in their absence.
In addition to live in dementia care, Francis House also offers hourly homecare, and a sitting service to support family carers. These services involve carers either making scheduled visits or sitting with clients throughout the night so that they won’t come to any harm if they awake.
Dementia care at home in Bedford is available either to individuals or to couples. Our services are delivered by experienced carers who have expertise and the versatility to deliver consistent care and support to clients at all stages 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
Francis House Homecare is recognised by the Care Quality Commission as a provider offering a consistently good service to dementia sufferers. Our specialist care staff understand the vulnerability of clients with dementia, and they are committed to providing excellent care built on respect, empathy, and the preservation of dignity.
Francis House Homecare employees go through mandatory in-house training when they start work with us. Additionally, they are also required to complete supplementary training annually. Specialist training is available, including stoma care, PEG feeding, dementia care, and managing challenging behaviour.