Home care for people with dementia

Changes in routine and surroundings can be very unsettling for someone with dementia, making home care an ideal solution to keep people safe and secure in a familiar environment. The Casterbridge Home Care team is trained to deliver high-quality dementia support in the west Dorset area.

With many years of experience and expertise supporting people with dementia at Casterbridge Manor Care Home, our philosophy is to offer person-centred support which focusses on each individual’s needs, abilities, preferences, likes and dislikes.

To do this, we work hard to build relationships with the people we support, maintain their everyday routines and offer a realistic alternative to care homes for people with dementia. For those living with other family members, our presence often offers a much needed support which can help ease the pressure on those offering round the clock support.

As well as providing help with practical day to day tasks, we understand the impact of a friendly smile, a kind word and taking the time to chat. We ensure that care will be provided by the same familiar faces, building trusting relationships and reducing the confusion that can often be caused by change.

Support packages for people with dementia

At Casterbridge Home Care, we understand that everyone’s needs are different. We work closely with the people we support and their families to develop a personalised support plan which meets their specific needs. Our home care support packages for people with dementia can be anything from a couple of hours a week, to 24/7 support.


What support do you offer people with dementia?

The type of home care we provide could vary considerably depending on the needs of the individual and on their abilities. Our caring and compassionate team are happy to get involved in any type of domiciliary care, from helping out with meal preparation, running errands and dealing with medication, right through to just popping in to offer a friendly “hello” and a familiar face.

Our home care services include

Companionship, a chat and a friendly smile

We understand the crucial role we have to play in offering companionship; someone to pop in and say hello, check to make sure all is well, play a game or have a cup of tea and lend a sympathetic ear when it is needed. Our expertise in supporting people with dementia also means that we will make the most of the familiar environment, using photos and objects from around the home to help stimulate memories and encourage an all-important sense of self.


Help with washing, dressing and personal care

For many people with dementia, daily tasks like getting washed, dressed and managing self-care can be a challenge. The short and long-term memory loss associated with dementia can include things like forgetting to brush teeth, get dressed or wear the right clothes for the season. Whether you would like help with washing and personal care, or someone to simply provide the encouragement and motivation needed to face the day, our home care team can lend a helping hand.

Cooking and serving meals

Problems with eating and drinking are common amongst people with dementia. This can be due to a lack of appetite, lack of coordination, or simply forgetting to eat and drink. Poor nutrition and lack of hydration can lead to a myriad of other health problems, many of which can increase confusion and make dementia symptoms worse.

Our home care team can help by offering support with meal planning and preparation. We’ll work with the person we are caring for (and their family) to determine how much help is required, as well as identifying likes and dislikes. We will tailor the support to the needs of every individual, from helping with menu choices and assisting in the kitchen, though to ensuring that each individual gets the food and drink they need to stay healthy.


Help with domestic and housekeeping tasks

Dementia affects the brain’s ability to sequence, organise and plan activities which involve multiple steps. For this reason, it can be challenging for people with dementia to complete seemingly simple jobs, making many domestic tasks a challenge. Our home care team is more than happy to provide support with domestic and housekeeping tasks, from cleaning and washing dishes to changing beds and doing the laundry.

We will aim to involve the people we support where appropriate, encouraging independence, building confidence and cultivating a sense of purpose around completing day-to-day tasks.

Running errands and shopping

Our home care team offers support with running errands and visiting the shops, which can include help with meal planning and communicating with others. For some people with dementia, the change of environment and hussle of a shopping trip can be very distressing and cause unnecessary agitation. In this case, we are more than happy to involve people in whatever way makes them feel comfortable.


Help with collecting and taking medication

For many people with severe dementia, medication management is crucial to their wellbeing. Casterbridge home care team can support with managing and collecting repeat prescriptions, ensuring safe storage of medicines, timely and safe administering of medication and also observing any changes in behaviour, health or side effects.

Company and support for appointments and outings

Getting out and about can be difficult for those who struggle with their dementia. Our carers can help to ensure that any medical appointments are made and kept, accompany people to the hairdressers or dentists and also provide friendly company and support for social outings, visits to cafes, or walks in the park.


Support to live a full life

Our aim is to support people with dementia to live a full and rewarding life. Our home care team is happy to support hobbies and opportunities to socialise. We also understand that people with dementia can display behaviour that could be described as challenging and that people can become easily distressed and agitated. Our carers are chosen for their compassionate nature and take a holistic approach to care, offering physical, emotional and practical support at home.


Respite care for families

Sometimes, families and carers need a break. We can offer respite care for people with dementia, giving families an opportunity to take a break and recharge.

Dementia home care you can trust

Our home care services for people with dementia are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), offering all of our customers peace of mind. CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. Their job is to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, and high-quality care.


Find out more about our home care services for people with dementia

If you would like more details about our home care services for people with dementia in west Dorset, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have.