Specialist Dementia Care
When a person with dementia finds that their mental abilities are declining, they often feel vulnerable and in need of reassurance and support. At Regency Court we do everything we can to help the person retain their sense of identity and feelings of self-worth. An individual care plan will be created which helps us encourage and maintain the unique strengths of the person with dementia while meeting his or her needs for support. This plan is reviewed at regular intervals.
Staff at all levels have received training in how to care for people with dementia. This enables them to understand the difficulties in communication that a person with dementia may face, and to help them express their wishes and needs.
Having Dementia does not mean losing the right to make decisions about their care. They are included in plans and decisions about their care, and helped and supported to make choices. Whether it is choosing food, clothes or activities, their likes and dislikes are taken into account fully. If the person with dementia can do particular things for themselves, they are encouraged to continue to do so.
Respite care, also known as replacement care, is a care arrangement designed to give rest or relief to unpaid carers. It aims to support carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities.
Everyone needs a break from time to time. Carers are no different, and it is important that you are able to have a rest, whether it is a short break to run errands or meet friends, or longer time spent away. Breaks are essential for a carer's physical and mental well-being and can enhance the relationship with the person you care for.
Our respite care services provide social interactions, opportunities to pursue hobbies and interests and form new relationships.
End of Life and Palliative Care
End-of-life care aims to support someone with an advanced incurable disease to live as well as possible until they die. End-of-life care may last for weeks, months or years. Our end-of-life care focuses on the quality of the person's life and death, not on the length of life enabling the person to die naturally and with dignity when the time comes.Our Palliative care shares the same aims as end-of-life care. But there is a particular emphasis on actively doing things to relieve (palliate) discomfort or distress (whatever the cause). This means addressing symptoms as they arise for that individual.
End-of-life and Palliative care for a person with dementia requires a team approach, including us , his or her GP and community nurses, among others. Palliative care staff at a local hospital may give specialist input as required. Our team will keep you updated as the person's condition changes and involve you in any decisions.
All our residents have an up-to-date care plan that includes end-of-life plans and is shared with those involved in the person's care as appropriate.