Living with Dementia
It is well-known that although rewarding, caring for those living with dementia often presents challenges for carers, as well as those with the condition.
The circumstances of LGBT people may be more challenging because of experiences, living arrangements and the people around them.
Whilst these challenges may seem a daunting concept, it is important to know that you are not alone. There is specialist support available around you.
Putting you first
At EveryDay, we take pride in putting the customer at the centre of all we do. This involves a bespoke package of care specific to each and every customer’s individual need.
The LGBT community have been, and often still are subject to prejudice in society. It is sometimes difficult for someone to open up to others about their feelings and experiences.
EveryDay minimises these barriers through person-centred care, where the care package for each individual is tailored to suit their needs and preferences.
Whilst someone’s identity as an LGBT person may be a big part of who they are, it does not define them. This is why we:
- Treat the person as an individual and respect their wishes
- Talk to them about letting their loved ones know about their circumstances for better communication and understanding for all concerned
- Ask how they would like to express themselves
- Support the person’s identity choice and respect their right to privacy
- Involve them in the provision of their care package where possible
Whilst it is very important to respect the needs of those living with dementia, carers should also assure that their own needs are fulfilled. Our care at home services offer the opportunity for them to free up their time and relax for a while. These include:
- Housekeeping / Domestic Cleaning
- Cooking and meal preparation
- Wellbeing Centres offering activities and career respite
Our Admiral Nurses offer emotional, practical and educational support to families who are supporting a person living with dementia. We have already helped so many people such as Susan, who cares for her husband living with Alzheimer’s.
To find out more, contact EveryDay for the specialist care services we provide
Tel: 0191 287 7028
If you are an LGBT person or a carer of and LGBT person living with dementia facing challenges, the National LGB&T Partnership can help
Tel: 0207 064 6506
If you would like to find out more local services and support for the LGBT community, call Age UK North Tyneside:
Tel: 0191 280 8484