Many people choose to look after their loved ones at home. Looking after someone who is living with dementia is difficult, it can be stressful and it has risks. We are here to help.
People who are living with dementia can present many different types of behaviours depending on what stage their illness has progressed. Initially they may be forgetful, repetitive in their comments, slightly confused at times. As the illness progresses you may notice that they get frustrated with their confusion and with people around them. They slowly lose their capacity to formulate sentences and they lose their sense of day and night, sometimes staying awake at night and sleeping in the day.
Eventually they will need assistance with their mobility, with bathing and toileting and with being occupied with engaging activities.
If you are a carer of someone living with dementia, this can put a lot of stress on you and you will need support from family and from other professional providers.
How can we help you?
Respite means having a break. Carers need to have a break, or they cannot continue caring.
St. Basil’s can help by giving the carer a break. We can take your loved one for the day, in to our day centres, giving you time to rest, to go shopping or to socialise. Your loved one will be in a social setting with other elderly people, in a beautiful, light, airy day centre. We supply hot, fresh cooked meals, excursions on our buses, physical and mental activities, music, dance, walking and talking. We will be there to hold their hand.
The centres have professional staff who will assist with toileting and even a shower if necessary.
We can also look after your loved one overnight for a single night where they will be in the day centre during the day, in one of our aged care rooms overnight, with their own dedicated, live-in care staff, and then the next day back in the day centre until the afternoon. That provides a good break for the carer.
There is also longer term respite, where they live in one of our residential aged care facilities for four to six weeks. This allows carers to have an extended break. Often this is used to allow time for an overseas trip, or a medical procedure.
We can also support you by sending an aged care worker or registered nurse to your home to assist with daily care of your loved one, to allow you to go out of the house for an hour or two, to help you with other light duties, or to help you transport your loved one to an appointment. These services are often government subsidised.
Call 02 97843280 to find out more.