1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. blueyorkie

    blueyorkie Registered User

    Dec 30, 2013
    17
    Dad is currently on section in an elderly mental health unit which I have to say has been fantastic and the only place that has managed him effectively as he can be very challenging during personal care. He is happy and settled there but unfortunately it's not a long term solution. We have tried two residential homes before (that's all the funding that was agreed) but they were disastrous! So my question is what type of home will provide qualified nurses, do we need an emi unit? Do we look for nursing homes as residential just isn't suitable and I'm aware we need continuing health care which the sw is looking into. It's a minefield and having had two previous terrible experiences we realise environment and approach is everything! Ideas/suggestions of what we should be looking for? Thank you
     
  2. learningcurve

    learningcurve Registered User

    Oct 9, 2015
    22
    Hampshire
    Hi, not sure I am best qualified to answer your question but couldn't just read and run.

    I have just placed my Mum in a care home and wasn't sure which one she needed. She had an assessment which stated she needed residential care but I chose a home which catered for all so if she needed nursing care in the future she wouldn't need to be moved to another home. Mum was very challenging when it came to personal care but has settled well there and they seem to have had no problem with her personal care.

    She is self funding so we probably had more choice in the home we felt would suit her best.

    Hope you find the right home for his needs xxx
     
  3. Witzend

    Witzend Registered User

    Aug 29, 2007
    4,282
    SW London
    Does he need actual nursing care? I mean for conditions other than dementia.

    If not, a specialist dementia (EMI) home should be able to cope, though I have no doubt that some are better than others - a lot will depend on how well trained the staff are. Residential homes that mix non dementia and dementia residents, unless they have a separate wing, will usually only take people with dementia until they become 'challenging' or their behaviour starts to bother the non dementia residents.

    Some homes will have sections for all types - ordinary residential, dementia, and nursing, all under one roof.
     
  4. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,244
    Female
    England
    Ask for a meeting with the staff at the unit. They have been caring and treating your Dad and will know what level of care your Dad needs going forward. They will also know where previous patients have moved onto so could at least give you a list of homes for you to go and take a look at.
     
  5. blueyorkie

    blueyorkie Registered User

    Dec 30, 2013
    17
    Thank you for the replies. We do keep asking the ward where do other people with similar presentations get moved to, however they are not aware of anywhere in particular. They report my dad sometimes needs 2 to 4 staff to carry out personal care, although there have been some improvements. I guess we need somewhere there are RMN's that know about dementia and can cope with his behaviour. The residential homes we have tried before advertise themselves as "dementia specialists" but when questioned some of them don't even have NVQ and are so young and inexperienced. I'm not minimising the care they try to provide but it just wasn't robust enough to deal with my dad. It's causing us a great amount of worry that he will be discharged from the ward and will go back to how things were. He is only 71 too so ideally needs somewhere with younger people if possible as he has always been younger than his age. This whole thing is so stressful as I'm sure you all understand having experienced it.
     
  6. jaymor

    jaymor Volunteer Moderator

    Jul 14, 2006
    12,244
    Female
    England
    http://www.cqc.org.uk/


    Go onto the above site, click the drop down box top left for the what service you want ( care homes) then put in the area you want and take a look at the homes listed.

    Have a look at what services they provide and also the CHC report on how well they are run and the level of care they provide.

    Ask your local authority for a list of homes in your area.
     

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