Dementia Care with Christies Care

Christies Care has been supplying dementia care for our clients, allowing them to stay at home, for over a quarter of a century. We give our clients well-trained live in carers (who our clients know and like), who give 24 hour care and support.

With live in dementia care, it means that our client is at home, she stays somewhere she knows and loves, she is being cared for by someone she knows and likes, she still has her dog or cat, and has as little disruption and change as possible.

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:

“I 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 £900 and £1,300 a week.

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According to the Alzheimer’s society, 85 per cent of people would want to stay living at home for as long as possible if diagnosed with dementia.

In April 2014 we signed up for the Dementia Pledge.

It shows that we fully understand and meet the care needs of people with dementia.  As part of this pledge, Helen Drain takes her Dementia Champion role very seriously, and gives training and information about dementia to many organizations in the community, from Ipswich fire brigade to local funeral parlours.

During Dementia Awareness week 2017, everybody in our head office attendeDementia Friends sessions.

These were run by Helen Drain and Colleen Louw, who are both accredited Dementia Champions and key parts of our carer training team. The Dementia Friends project is run by the Alzheimer’s Society, and is:

“a programme to create a climate of kindness and understanding, so that everyone affected by dementia feels part of, not apart from, society.”

Read all about it here.

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Dementia Care: Mrs Ritchie’s story

Mrs Ritchie has dementia. The exact type of dementia has never been diagnosed, but she started to need more and more care.

Her daughter, who lived 4 miles away, went from visiting once a day to several times a day, as well as receiving visits from her neighbours who were extremely kind and helpful.

But this wasn’t enough.

Her family started to explore the idea of her going into a residential home, but this would have made Mrs Ritchie miserable.

Her two main loves in life are her dog and her garden. Going into residential care would have meant that she’d have to give these up.

With carers from Christies Care, Mrs Ritchie is still at home. She looks after her garden and walks her dog on her favourite walks.

Her sons come and stay for weekends, bringing her grandchildren too.

Importantly, her family doesn’t need to worry any more.

“I no longer feel sick every time the phone rings. And I’ve been able to have a holiday, without having to worry about mum.”

Mrs Ritchie’s daughter

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Dementia Care: Jill Sinclair’s story

Jill Sinclair wrote a blog about herself and her father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009.

The blog charts the crises, the tough decisions and the good times that she and her father have gone through: including trying to take a holiday, the importance of diet, the truth about sleep, how to cope with a hospital admission and having to deal with the NHS, having live-in carers and finally about his death.

You can read Jill’s blog at www.heraldscotland.com

“The benefits are immense. Dad always has someone with him. I have the help I need and, crucially, I am able to enjoy my time with Dad without getting too tired or irritable. We now have a much more sociable and companionable relationship. More father and daughter and less Nurse Ratched and patient.

It can be costly but it’s still cheaper than a Care or Nursing Home and if you have any assets – savings, a house – you’re going to end up paying for care.”

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