We know that with dementia care, good training for carers is essential.
Helen Drain, our lead dementia trainer (Alzheimer’s Society approved, and Dementia Friends champion) knows this from personal experience. When caring for her husband she, in her words: “got everything wrong and made all the mistakes you can. I don’t want to see anyone else going through that.”
We invest heavily in giving carers the specialist dementia care training they need.
Nobody can care for someone with dementia forever. Everybody needs a break. This is why our clients come to us for dementia respite care.
We know that our clients want continuity, and to have carers they know and like. However, we don’t allocate one carer to a client for the long term, there is too much risk of the carer getting burned out.
Therefore we introduce a small team of carers (with whom the client gets on well), each of whom generally stays with her client between two and six weeks at a time, before being replaced by another team member – before the carer has become exhausted.
This way we can make sure that our client sees only people she knows, without running the risk of the carers getting tired out.
What does it cost? Depending on your wants and needs, and your management model, the total cost for dementia care at home is usually between £1,000 and £1,500 a week.