For South African expats, the distance that separates them from their elderly loved ones back home can be emotionally challenging. The concerns about their physical and mental well-being increase when faced with conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments. Being so far away may evoke a sense of helplessness, raising questions about the quality of care their loved ones are receiving in their absence. The emotional toll is heightened as they deal with the reality that their cherished family members may struggle with memory loss, confusion, and a diminishing ability to care for themselves. We have had many residents whose families live overseas, and this is the common feeling usually experienced by those families. However, the peace of mind they experience after placing their loved ones at Livewell is immeasurable.

When it comes to dementia and Alzheimer’s care, the need for specialised facilities that offer a complete bouquet of services is crucial. People living with dementia require a level of expertise and understanding that goes beyond traditional elderly care that you would most likely find in a senior care home. Families seeking dementia care for their loved ones in South Africa need to consider various factors to ensure their relatives receive the best possible quality of life.

What to look for in specialised dementia care facilities

When searching for a specialised dementia care facility in South Africa, it’s important to focus on facilities that are equipped to handle the unique needs of people with cognitive impairments. Security is important and we encourage families to look for facilities that place a premium on safety, offering features like alarmed exits and dementia-friendly architectural designs to prevent wandering and ensure residents’ safety. These characteristics should be considered the standard for top-tier dementia care, setting the bar for families seeking the highest quality of support for their loved ones.

When it comes to dementia care, personalised and specialised care triumphs it all. Expat families should expect a thorough assessment process for each resident and customised care plans that address their specific needs and preferences. This personalised approach not only ensures a comprehensive understanding of the resident’s requirements but also fosters an environment that promotes a sense of independence and dignity.

Caregivers at a reputable dementia care facility should also have specialised training in dementia care. This training goes beyond basic caregiving skills, equipping the staff with the expertise needed to navigate the complexities of cognitive impairments. Families should seek out facilities where the staff not only provides round-the-clock supervision but also demonstrates a deep understanding of the emotional and cognitive challenges faced by residents.

Complete Care: Services to Expect

Complete dementia care goes beyond mere accommodation. It involves a comprehensive approach to address the physical, emotional, and cognitive aspects of people living with dementia. Memory care programs, physical therapy, and specialised nutrition plans should be integral components of the care provided. A complete dementia care facility should go the extra mile by incorporating specialised programs curated by a team of professionals. These programs should include personalised nutrition management overseen by a qualified nutritionist. This ensures that residents receive not only nourishing meals but also a diet specifically designed to support their cognitive health.

Alongside nutritional support, a comprehensive dementia care program should feature a memory care program put together by an occupational therapist. This program focuses on enhancing cognitive function and memory retention through targeted exercises and memory-stimulating activities. By tailoring these activities to each resident’s unique needs, the activities program becomes an integral aspect of the facility’s commitment to holistic well-being.

An outstanding dementia care facility understands the importance of sensory development in the overall quality of life for individuals with dementia. An activities program that incorporates sensory stimulation becomes a cornerstone of care. Activities such as art therapy, music therapy, and sensory-rich experiences not only engage residents but also contribute to a sense of purpose and connection. We witness this on a daily basis with our residents at both our Estates in Somerset West and Bryanston.

Families choose Livewell Estates for peace of mind through proper care

Choosing a specialised dementia care facility such as Livewell Estates provides families with a profound sense of peace of mind. Knowing that their loved ones are in the hands of trained professionals who understand the intricacies of dementia care can alleviate the anxieties associated with being physically distant. Our resident’s families take comfort in the fact that their relatives are receiving not just adequate but specialised care, designed to enhance their quality of life despite the challenges posed by dementia or Alzheimer’s. At Livewell, we focus on all the services mentioned above and so much more.

  • Personalised dementia care
  • Nutrition management
  • Medication management
  • Occupational therapy
  • Cognitively stimulating activities
  • 24/7 security and supervision
  • Access to healthcare professionals
  • Respite care
  • Pet friendly

For South African expats navigating the complexities of dementia care abroad, understanding what to look for in specialised facilities is crucial. Complete care encompasses a holistic approach to addressing the unique needs of individuals with dementia, providing families with the assurance that their loved ones are not only well taken care of but are also thriving in an environment designed to support their cognitive and emotional well-being. If you are looking for a specialised dementia care facility in South Africa, please contact Livewell Estates.