Advice and support
At myCare, we understand the challenges often inherent in supporting someone with dementia. There are currently over 800,000 people in the United Kingdom who have some form of dementia, almost everyone will know or know of someone who has dementia. At myCare, we are committed to providing high quality, person-centred care and support to both clients and their families. It is essential that the right care and support is available for those who have dementia, and for those who are living with or caring for a loved one with dementia.
Supporting someone with dementia requires an understanding of the illness itself and an insight into the psychological and emotional journey that often takes hold as it progresses. At myCare all staff receive specific dementia training as part of their induction training so that they understand how the condition affects the individual, their family, and others around them.
What is dementia
Dementia is the progressive loss of the powers of the brain.
It is possible to have more than one type of dementia. These diseases damage and kill brain cells, so that the brain cannot work as well as it should.
Signs of dementia
Memory loss and becoming very forgetful is one of the most common symptoms of dementia. Losing track of the time and day, to forget where they are or to be confused is a common sign of dementia.
There are many kinds of dementia but the most common is Alzheimer’s disease. Other kinds of dementia include vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and alcohol-related dementias.
Every person with dementia is different as it depends on which areas of the brain is most damaged.
Their ability to think and work things out can be affected. They may make decisions that seem strange to us. Handling money may become difficult and they may find it difficult to solve problems. Dementia can also change the person’s personality and the way they behave. Someone who was active and energetic may become listless. A person who was pleasant and polite may become rude and aggressive.
It is important not to jump to conclusions but to get proper advice and support from your GP as soon as possible. Your GP should help and guide you through this process and signpost if appropriate.
Anyone in Scotland receiving a diagnosis of dementia is entitled to support from a dementia link worker.
How we help
At myCare all staff receive specific dementia training as part of their induction training so that they understand how the condition affects the individual, their family, and others around them.
We can help with the following things:
- meaningful activities in the day
- getting out and about in the community
- personal home care
- practical help at home
- help with managing medicines
- respite for carers
We are registered with Dementia Friends Scotland, an Alzheimers Scotland initiative to raise dementia awareness in Scotland.
What our clients say
“Having Brigita, Mums carer, is a Godsend! It really has “saved” Mum and us. Mum really seems to have taken to her and is very settled with her. They get on very well and Mum is chatting about lots of different things they discuss and starting to take an interest again. Mum is eating better and getting more sleep. We are not having to sleeping over and are all getting to “breathe” again. Words cannot express how all our lives have changed with the fantastic help and support Mum has been given to be able to continue to live in her own home and be as independent as possible”.
Note from Nick (Managing Director): Thank you so much for taking the time to feedback on our service. For me it’s seeing letters like this that gets me up in morning, knowing such a positive impact is being had on someones life. Thank you and we will make sure this lovely message gets back to Brigita.
“I just wish to express my sincere thanks to myCare and the team for everything you did for Mum. She looked forward to her carers visiting each day and special thanks must go to her regular carers who looked after her with so much respect, dignity, and tenderness and made her final days so peaceful. “
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