Residential Dementia Care

Valorum Care Group specialise in providing exceptional elderly care services. Our commitment to delivering high-quality care extends to individuals living with dementia. Residential dementia care is a crucial aspect of our services, ensuring your loved ones receive the specialised support and compassionate care they deserve. In this article, we will delve into the importance of residential dementia care, the services we offer, and the unique approach that sets Valorum Care Group apart in the field of elderly care.

 

Understanding Dementia

Dementia is a complex condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and its impact on individuals and their families can be profound. It’s essential to recognise that dementia is not a normal part of ageing but rather a syndrome characterised by a decline in cognitive function, affecting memory, reasoning, communication, and the ability to perform daily activities. Conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy body dementia are common forms of dementia, each with its unique challenges.

The Importance of Residential Dementia Care

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be incredibly challenging, both physically and emotionally. While some families may opt for in-home care, residential dementia care offers several advantages that can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals living with dementia:

  • Specialised Expertise: Our dedicated staff are trained and experienced in providing specialised dementia care. They understand the unique needs and behaviours associated with dementia, ensuring that residents receive appropriate support and interventions.
  • 24/7 Supervision and Safety: Dementia can lead to wandering and confusion, posing safety risks for individuals. In a residential care setting, residents are monitored round the clock, minimising the risk of accidents and providing peace of mind to families.
  • Social Interaction: Social isolation is a common issue for individuals with dementia. Residential care facilities offer a structured environment where residents can engage in activities and socialise with their peers, promoting mental stimulation and emotional well-being.
  • Nutritional Support: Maintaining a balanced diet is crucial for individuals with dementia. Our residential care facilities provide nutritious meals tailored to residents’ dietary needs, helping maintain their overall health.
  • Family Support: Caring for a loved one with dementia can be emotionally taxing for families. Residential dementia care offers respite for family caregivers, allowing them to recharge while knowing their loved ones are in capable hands.

 

Our Approach to Residential Dementia Care

At Valorum Care Group, we take pride in our person-centred approach to residential dementia care. We aim to create a supportive and nurturing environment where residents can live with dignity and enjoy a fulfilling life despite their condition. Here’s how we achieve this:

  • Individualised Care Plans: We recognise that each person with dementia is unique, and their needs can change over time. We develop individualised care plans that evolve with the residents, ensuring they always receive the right support and care.
  • Memory Care Programs: Our memory care programs are designed to stimulate cognitive function and memory retention. Activities such as art therapy, reminiscence therapy, and music therapy are incorporated into daily routines to engage and uplift residents.
  • Compassionate and Trained Staff: Our staff undergo specialised training in dementia care, fostering empathy, patience, and a deep understanding of the condition. We believe that a compassionate approach is key to providing exceptional care.
  • Safe and Comfortable Environment: Our residential facilities are designed with the safety and comfort of our residents in mind. We prioritise dementia-friendly layouts, secure outdoor spaces, and calming interiors to create a homely atmosphere.
  • Family Involvement: We encourage family involvement in the care of our residents. Regular communication and family meetings help us maintain a strong support network for our residents and their loved ones.
Residential dementia care at Valorum Care Group is more than just a service; it's a commitment to improving the lives of individuals living with dementia and their families.

Paying and Funding for Residential Dementia Care

At Valorum Care Group, we understand that financing residential dementia care can significantly concern families. The cost of care can vary depending on individual circumstances and eligibility for different funding options.

Paying for residential dementia care involves funding from local council funding to self-funding, NHS continuing healthcare, and NHS-funded nursing care. The choice of funding will depend on individual circumstances and eligibility criteria. It’s crucial to explore these options thoroughly and seek professional advice to make informed decisions regarding the financing of dementia care.

We are committed to assisting families in understanding and accessing the appropriate funding options for their loved one’s dementia care needs. Our knowledgeable staff can provide information and resources to help you make informed funding decisions and ensure your loved one receives the high-quality care they deserve.

  • Local Council Funding:

If you or your loved one is entitled to local council funding, the council will assess your needs and set a personal budget. This personal budget outlines the total cost of care in a residential dementia care home, the council’s contribution, and the amount you’ll need to pay.

It’s essential to note that the council must ensure that there is at least one suitable care home available within your personal budget level. If you decide on a care home that exceeds the council’s budgetary limits, you may be required to pay top-up fees to cover the difference in cost.

  • Self-Funding:

For individuals with dementia who are not eligible for council funding, self-funding becomes the responsibility of the individual or their family. Self-funding means covering the entire cost of residential dementia care independently.

While self-funding can be a viable option for some families, it’s essential to carefully consider the financial implications and plan for the long-term sustainability of funding.

  • NHS Continuing Healthcare:

NHS continuing healthcare is a funding option available to individuals with complex health and care needs, including those with dementia. This funding is entirely free and is provided by the local integrated care board (ICB).

It’s important to note that not all individuals with dementia will automatically qualify for NHS continuing healthcare. Eligibility is determined through a comprehensive assessment of the individual’s needs and medical condition.

  • NHS-Funded Nursing Care:

Individuals who do not qualify for NHS continuing healthcare but have been assessed as needing care in a nursing home may be eligible for NHS-funded nursing care. This funding option covers a portion of the cost of nursing care and is provided by the NHS.

The contribution from the NHS can help alleviate some of the financial burden associated with nursing care in a residential dementia care home.

 

Navigating Funding Options:

Determining the most suitable funding option for residential dementia care can be complex, depending on individual circumstances and needs. It’s advisable to seek guidance and support from your local council’s social services department or a financial advisor with expertise in elderly care funding.

At Valorum Care Group, we prioritise transparency and support, working closely with families to navigate the complexities of funding and ensuring that your loved one receives the best possible care in our residential dementia care homes. 

Our person-centred approach, specialised expertise, and dedication to creating a safe and nurturing environment set us apart in the field of elderly care. If you seek the highest quality care for your loved one with dementia, we invite you to explore our residential dementia care services. 

Together, we can provide the compassionate support your loved ones deserve on their journey.