When the time comes to make care arrangements for your loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, you will have a few options at your disposal. You might consider home care, or employing a live-in Dementia care nurse, or possibly consider Specialised Care. They all have their own pros and cons, however, after a little bit of research and perhaps a visit to one you will soon realise that the best choice for your loved one is in a dementia private care home.
1. Specialised care
Your loved one will need 24/7 specialised dementia care that can only really be achieved in private dementia care homes. At Livewell Villages, the team includes world-class multi-disciplinary care providers that include nutritionists, occupational therapists, nurses, hair stylists and companions. This trained team would be available at all hours to take care of every need, tailored to their specific requirements.
2. Stimulating activities program
When looking after your loved one yourself or even with a live-in Dementia-care nurse, it can be very challenging to stimulate them throughout the day for months on end without burning out yourself or end up repeating a small set of activities because it is easier or the only option available. In a dementia private care home, like Livewell Villages, there will be a daily activities programme and planned outings. Livewell have over 30 different activities designed to for social, sensory, cognitive, creative and physical stimulation in residents with dementia. Activities include arts and crafts, flower arranging, yoga, gardening, excursions, and more.
3. Medication Management
Someone who has memory impairment or dementia will forget to take their medication regularly, and also run the risk of accidentally overdosing or underdosing, which can be extremely dangerous. At a private dementia care home there will be medication management to ensure that your loved one gets the correct dose every day.
4. Training in dementia care
To offer your loved one the kind of care they really need if they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, you would need the type of training that carers have in dedicated dementia private care homes. In a dementia-care facility like Livewell Villages, we adhere to regularly monitored global best practices in Dementia and Alzheimer’s care. All caregivers are fully qualified and trained specifically in dementia and memory care.
5. Live with purpose
To preserve the dignity and purpose in your loved one’s life it’s important to encourage meaningfulness in their day to day lives. Dementia can often cause people to withdraw from activities and struggle to communicate, which is why it is so important for them to be stimulated with appropriate activities that help them to be more social and interactive. Without this, they can become very lonely, have feelings of anxiety, and even become depressed. In a private dementia care home, they will be surrounded by company, entertained, and encouraged to do activities that stimulate their cognitive abilities.
Choosing the right care home for your loved one with dementia is not easy and there are many factors that play a role. Livewell Village is a specialised dementia and Alzheimer facility in South Africa with qualified and trained nursing and care staff providing round the clock care to their residents. If you need help deciding on what is best for your loved one, speak to one of our trained family advisors today.