Monday 20th May marked the start of Dementia Action Awareness Week. There was a 56% rise in the number of people diagnosed with dementia from 2010/11 to 2015/16 and with 536,000 people now living with dementia in this country, this is an illness that’s set to rise further.
Despite these growing numbers, home care funding has diminished by 27% since 2010 affecting 400,000 people.
The knock on effect is heartbreaking, with more people living with dementia and in isolation, not being able to have their basic needs attended to. A shortage of homecare workers, many of whom are on zero hours contracts, are expected to attend the needs of their clients in just 15 minutes appointments - hygiene care, meals or medication support in just 15 minutes. Many of these clients live alone, many without family for support and rely on these appointments, not just for their care needs but it could be this is the only person they see all day.
Angel Doyle, Founder and MD of home care business 1 Oak Home Care has been concerned about this growing trend and is on a mission to end the isolation experienced by so many of the older people in our community.
Her ethos of providing a one of a kind service is at the core of everything they do. Every team member who is part of the 1 Oak Family understands and appreciates the importance to deliver a service that goes beyond just hygiene care, but supports different aspects of their clients’ lives.
The recent article from the Mirror has highlighted a problem that is a national crisis and most care staff face. Many carers must make the difficult choice of having to decide whether to wash their client or give them their lunch. Most carers do both and receive no additional pay for this. You can read this rather disturbing account of home care service today by reading this story in the mirror.
1 Oak rarely offer visits for less than an hour because they appreciate the importance of spending quality time with their clients, building up trust and making sure they receive the best service possible.
If you have a family member or a friend who needs homecare help, whether that’s for adhoc respite, a couple of hours a week or 24 hours a day, it will be worth chatting to the 1 Oak Home Care team. They can take care of hygiene care, help with medication, organise a mobile hairdresser appointment, even take social events or outings. They are also running regular activity days at their Acton day centre, where they run a variety of activities based on each persons preference. Their taster sessions are linked here Please contact Angel at firstname.lastname@example.org and she can chat with you about your home care needs
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