Anne-Marie, 45, is the primary carer for her father Anthony, 82, who has dementia. Just before Anne-Marie’s mother passed away, she made Anne-Marie promise that she would never place her father in a residential aged care facility. 8 months have now passed, and her father’s dementia (Alzheimer’s) is becoming increasingly difficult to manage. Anne-Marie is stressed, feeling resentful that she has had to leave work now to care for her father, and feeling guilt-ridden that she is even contemplating placing her father in a facility after she had promised her mother she never would. Anna-Marie has a 15 year old daughter as well.
Anne-Marie contacted Kinfolk Consulting. She advises she is struggling to manage her father’s daily care needs and behaviours, and just feels exhausted. She wants to keep her father at home because she promised her mother, but she also knows she cannot continue as she is – she feels at breaking point.
Kinfolk Consulting arranged for one of their specialised dementia consultants to meet with Anne-Marie and her father at their home. After the initial meeting, the consultant created a care plan and a resource file for Anna-Marie. The care plan outlined how her father’s care needs could be met, and the resource file provides Anne-Marie with phone numbers and websites for carer support, Alzheimer’s information and other support programs.
Kinfolk Consulting also developed a This Is Me journal and created an easy to follow guide for family and care staff to better understand her father’s needs. Experience shows that this is the best way to provide a truly person-centred approach to her father’s needs, and ensures any care staff entering their home are equipped with a good knowledge base about Anthony. The This Is Me journal helps the consultant to provide Anne-Marie with the tools and prompts she can use to understand why her father may become agitated or aggressive and how she can change her responses and mitigate the situation.
Kinfolk Consulting arranged everything needed, ensuring all care staff are skilled in dementia knowledge and person centred care. Anne-Marie decides to hand the ongoing coordination of these services over to Kinfolk Consulting, who will be the first point of contact for care staff, care agencies, allied health and medical practitioners. Kinfolk Consulting will privately case manage Anne-Marie’s father’s care plan, which allows Anne-Marie time for some respite, self-healing and de-stressing. Anne-Marie feels in control of her life once again. She feels connected, supported and no longer alone. She knows Kinfolk Consulting are here to support them for as long as needed.