Vitality live-in care helps support those looking to find dementia care in Kent and beyond, connecting you with a supportive, friendly team to help create the best plan for yourself or your loved one.
We understand that living with dementia is an emotional journey, whether you have the condition yourself or it’s affecting someone you love.
Along the way, you may reach a turning point where it might not be healthy or even safe to carry on living at home alone. The demands of 24-hour dementia care can become too much for even the most loving partner, family, and friends.
It may seem like going into residential care is the only choice, even if it means the heartbreak of leaving a much-loved home. It can be distressing for someone with dementia to leave their familiar surroundings, too.
This is a really difficult time, but we are here to help.
Professional dementia care at home offers so many benefits for wellbeing, happiness, and safety. Vitality live-in care will help you to find the right dementia care granting you peace of mind that you will be in the hands of exceptional care, no matter where in the county you are based.
Dementia is a progressive condition that gets worse over time. That’s why it’s best to start home care at an earlier stage. It gives everyone time to get acquainted and allows the establishment of reassuring routines.
Cost may be at the front of your mind, too. Our team will help you figure out the finances – we have experts on care funding who can guide you every step of the way.
Live-in care offers excellent value for money, especially when you consider that with Vitality live-in care, your private GP is always included at no extra cost.
Deciding about dementia care
Moving away from home can be very distressing for someone with dementia. It means leaving behind a familiar environment, the comfort of the home that you love, your belongings and memories, well-loved pets, and maybe even a lifelong partner.
In a new place such as a care home, it’s possible to lose your bearings. With the right care, home is a safe place for people with dementia if they are anxious or confused. Home brings comfort and security, while in contrast, adjusting to a new environment can be frightening. We advocate for live in Dementia Care in Kent for those who are worried about these issues, as having control over your environment can help alleviate some of those concerns.
Staying at home is often a better choice, with personalised support from an experienced, compassionate, understanding, and professional carer.
Your Personal Assistant knows how to help when communication gets difficult. They encourage hobbies and activities that give meaning to everyday life, offering stimulation and companionship. Most of all, they get to know you and they really care about you as a person.
Your own doctor at no extra cost
Alongside this caring philosophy, we believe that excellent, personalised medical care is essential for the best possible health and quality of life for someone with dementia.
That’s why every Vitality live-in care package includes a designated private GP at no extra cost. It’s like having a traditional GP service, where the doctor is around the corner and always happy to visit, combined with the latest medical knowledge about dementia.
No waiting for appointments or worrying about problems that happen out of hours – we are always here to help. Imagine the peace of mind that comes from knowing that expert medical advice, from a doctor you know, is always available around the clock.
If nursing care is needed, our qualified registered nurses are on hand to help, too.
Our medical team has extensive experience in dementia care, so they can also plan a programme that is just right for you or your loved one.
Vitality live-in care was launched by Dr Manpinder Singh Sahota, a GP inspired by a passion to provide the best care for people with dementia. We take a holistic approach, which means looking at every aspect of health.
Your journey starts with a friendly consultation, where Dr Sahota will direct his team of GPs. They will talk to you and offer advice about your:
We will then give you a lifestyle prescription that might include:
It is also vital for a qualified doctor to review all your medications. For example, research tells us that taking too many different medicines can increase the risk of hospital admissions for people with dementia. The aim of this review – and ongoing monitoring of your medicines – is to make sure you’re not taking anything you don’t need. Other goals are to minimise side effects and maximise the benefits from any medications that are recommended.
It’s also good to know that our medical team will always work alongside your own NHS GP and remain at hand to help you stay healthy and well cared for.
Making your home dementia-friendly
We take a multi-disciplinary approach to dementia care. It means that a team of professionals will support you in your home.
An occupational therapist will visit your home with a dementia-friendly eye and produce a report outlining any minor adaptations required. They will advise on adjustments to make the home as safe as possible.
Small changes can make a big difference, so that everyday life is also easier and more enjoyable.
Specialists in home care for dementia
We are specialists in the area of dementia care, and in addition to their core nursing assistant training, your live-in carer (Personal Assistant) receives dementia training from our Medical Director, who has worked in this field for more than 20 years.
We’d like to share some of our knowledge with you, and you can read more about the different types of dementia – and where to find support – by clicking the link here.
Your Personal Assistant is trained to deal with the more personal side of dementia such as incontinence, bathing and dressing, and sleep disturbance. They will always respect your privacy and maintain your dignity.
They also learn how to spot the early signs of common health problems, which your private GP can promptly help with.
Familiarity and regular routines are the key to reducing distress and anxiety, so your Personal Assistant offers consistent support in all aspects of everyday life. This encourages a sense of calm and contentment.
They will keep life interesting. It’s all too easy for someone with dementia to become bored and lonely, which is why hobbies and interests are so important. Working on your life story (reminiscence) is another engaging activity you can do with your Personal Assistant.
Remaining sociable is also important, whether it’s joining a choir or art therapy group, or simply visiting friends and family.
Your Personal Assistant is also trained to deal with emotional challenges such as aggression. There may be times when your loved one becomes upset or angry. This is often a result of frustration and can lead to difficult situations. Your Personal Assistant will know strategies to de-escalate these times, keeping things calm and relaxed. We aim to achieve this without the use of medication, which should only be a last resort.
Get in touch today
Choosing the best dementia care is a big decision, and every individual has their own needs. We want what’s best for you or your loved one, and the first step is listening. Contact us today to enquire about our specialist dementia care service, and we will work with you to find the best answer.
To learn more about Dementia Care Kent wide please get in touch with a member of our team today.
If you’re looking for exceptional value and exceptional live-in care for yourself or a loved one - we’re here to help.
Information about dementia
There are different types of dementia, with different causes. One thing they have in common is the fact that expert and compassionate care can promote better health, wellbeing and enjoyment of life.
Sadly, they all tend to progress over time. It’s hard to think about the details, but understanding a bit about dementia might make it easier to cope with.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. The brain develops areas of protein build-up called amyloid plaques, and the nerve fibres become tangled. Nerve cells in the brain lose their connections with one another, and they die off. Important brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, also decrease.
There are further types of dementia, which are less common. Some people have more than one type of dementia and this is known as mixed dementia.
The effects of dementia differ for individuals, depending on what parts of the brain are affected. Some common dementia symptoms include difficulties with memory, everyday activities, time, concentration and thinking. People may also have problems with speaking or communication.
Dementia can affect your visual perceptions, making it harder to walk or manage the stairs, for example. Some people develop hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t there).
Dementia can also affect a person’s behaviour and emotions, and this may be one of the most difficult aspects of the condition, both for the person with dementia and the people who love them.
Our Personal Assistants are trained to understand these problems, and they are always supported by our medical team, who are very experienced in dementia care.
You can also get support and information from charities such as Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Dementia UK, and Parkinson’s UK. They understand what you’re facing and can give you impartial advice.