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Managing anxiety and depression in a person living with dementia

A person with dementia experiencing anxiety may pace up and down, fidget or become agitated. They might follow a person they live with around the house, seeking reassurance, and may want to go to a place they feel safe.

Anxiety is a feeling of fear or unease. It is a normal feeling for all of us, to an extent, but it can become so intense that it gets in the way of everyday life. People experiencing anxiety might feel like they are out of control, and experience physical symptoms including palpitations, sweating, headaches and panic attacks. Anxiety can affect sleep patterns, appetite, concentration and a loss of interest in things they previously enjoyed.

Depression is when low mood and feelings of being helpless and hopeless are persistent for long periods of time. It can change how a person feels both physically and emotionally. Like anxiety, it can affect sleep patterns, appetite and a loss of interest in activities the person previously enjoyed. Depression can cause tearfulness, poor concentration and make a person feel extremely fatigued. It may also bring on general pains, headaches, loss of libido, a feeling of isolation and thoughts about self-harm and suicide.

It is more usual for a person to experience either anxiety or depression, but it is possible to experience both at the same time.

For more information on depression and anxiety and dementia visit the Dementia UK website

Home care vs Residential Care in Romford

The cost and advantages of home care in Romford

Care home costs

According to PayingForCare, a report by healthcare specialists Laing & Buisson in 2013/14, depending on where in the UK you live, care homes can cost an average of:

  • £29,270 per year for a residential care home, or
  • £39,300 per year if nursing is required.

5 years on the costs have risen considerably more.

Remember, you might have to pay extra for things like trips out, hairdressing and some therapies – check what’s included in the care-home fees.

Home care costs

Again, costs are very different depending on where you live and whether you need support during the day or at night, on weekdays or at weekends.

  • You should allow an average of about £20 per hour – that’s nearly £15,000 per year if you have a carer for 14 hours a week.

Whilst you still have the cost of maintaining your house, but you have the advantage of being in familiar surroundings.

The advantages of Home Care:

Summary

  • Regular visits from a home care worker to help with personal care, shopping and preparing meals.
  • Other services include meals on wheels, monitored personal alarms and household equipment and adaptations to help with everyday tasks.
  • Local day centres where you can socialise and enjoy various activities, with transport available to get you there.

Pros

  • You get to stay in your own home.
  • You retain any support or social contact you enjoy with friends, family and neighbours.
  • The value of your home isn’t taken into account when calculating how much you have to pay towards your care.
  • You’ll stay close to what’s familiar to you.
  • You retain full control over the care and support you receive

If you are considering home care vs residential care and would like a FREE home care assessment please contact us today.

 

Care jobs consultation closes soon – Send your views today

Caroline Dineage the Government’s Care Minister has encouraged care workers to take part in a major consultation with rgeard to jobs in the care sector.

The consultation closes on 9 April 2018. If you are a care worker, nurse, occupational therapist, social worker, registered manager or otherwise employed or involved in the care and support sector, please take the time to submit your views.

She is quoted as saying “As care minister, I am already humbled and inspired by the empathy, compassion and dedication you demonstrate every day. We need you now more than ever, and our support for you remains unwavering. Help us make that support as effective, inclusive and rewarding as it can be. Because good care is more than just a job, it’s a vocation”.

For more information on this stiory visit the Guardian website

Keep Fit Keep Healthy!

‘Body fat of a 19-year-old’

Elderly people stop their immune systems from declining by taking exercise, scientists say.

Researchers at King’s College London followed 125 long-distance cyclists, some now in their 80s, and found they had the immune systems of 20-year-olds. For more information view the video on the BBC Website.