Benefits of the Atlas Approach to Dementia Home Care
Due to the current unprecedented times that we’re living in, we are delighted to have been able to continue to offer our dementia and memory loss services across the community as part of our home care offering.
Our goal has always been to provide outstanding and engaging dementia support to those who need it, so while our Day Centre was temporarily closed, we wanted to make sure that we could still see our dementia patients and their families for regular activities and companionship.
Home care for dementia patients offers a wide range of benefits, such as slowing the deterioration of the disease, improving emotional wellbeing, offering precious respite to families and staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
In this article, we cover all of these benefits and more, as well as outline how our dementia care professionals can provide the compassionate, specialist care your loved one needs to feel stimulated, but safe.
Remaining in a familiar environment
One of the biggest benefits of caring for someone living with dementia in their own home is that it allows the individual to remain in an environment they are familiar with and comfortable in.
As the disease progresses some people find it hard to leave their home or have greater confusion, and a familiar environment offers a great deal of security and peace of mind.
However, despite them being at home it is still incredibly important that the individual remains stimulated and connected to their community. We are more than happy to accommodate this, and love visiting our clients in their own home to maintain their cognitive function, social connections and to enjoy a cuppa.
Just as familiar surroundings make dementia patients feel safer, the same can be said for daily and weekly routines. Maintaining a simple schedule can help reduce anxiety and confusion.
A fundamental aspect of our dementia home care service is that we create a personalised person-centred care plan for each dementia patient we work with. This includes a range of stimulating activities, cognitive therapies and social interactions. This means that the individual will reduce memory deterioration and know what to expect from our visits.
We find that this approach can be extremely successful for patients who thrive on familiarity and repetition.
The ability to adapt to the individual
The Atlas approach to home care for dementia patients is designed to be flexible. We take the time to get to know your loved one and their wider family to create a care plan that perfectly suits them.
If their needs change, we can change with them. Whether that means increasing or decreasing the frequency of our visits, working in conjunction with other care professionals, or adapting the dementia activities we lead to better suit the patient’s likes and dislikes.
Many studies show that participating in engaging activities such as music therapy, art therapy, dance or other creative outlets has a positive effect on mental health, physical health and social functioning in those living with dementia.
Our home care visits encompass all of these activities and more to ensure that our clients remain stimulated, and that positive developments are made (both mentally and physically).
If you‘re looking for activities you can at home with your loved one, read our article: Activities you can do at home in between your dementia home care and dementia day care visits.
It’s not just about stimulating activities and dementia therapies; we believe that providing companionship is just as vital. This is particularly true for those living with dementia who are living alone, or whose social circle has been limited due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Our dementia home enablers will visit as often as you would like, and will become a reliable, friendly face for your loved one to sit down and have a good chat with. It can be very easy for those living with dementia to isolate themselves from social interaction, which can lead to anxiety or depression and mental deterioration. Because of this, maintaining a level of communication with people from outside of the household is extremely important.
Contact Atlas today for further dementia home care advice
We hope you found this article useful, but if you would like any more support, please feel free to get in touch with our team who will be able to offer additional dementia home care advice, or at least point you in the right direction.
We are also offering free home care consultations, either face to face or over Zoom. Simply fill in our contact form to get started.