Dementia Care at Home
with The Montessori Method
Using best practice methodologies and drawing from our own experience of caring for loved ones with dementia, Focus Home Care has developed an innovative and personalised approach to dementia care designed specifically for people living at home. We focus on each client’s individual strengths, needs and potential. We support each of our clients living with dementia within their own home where associated memory and recall is at its strongest.
The Montessori Method
Our Dementia Care approach is based on the principles of the Montessori Method, which involve working with every client’s strengths, supporting memory loss to create an environment that promotes independence and the best possible quality of life for people living with dementia.
Activities based on hobbies that our clients were engaged in and enjoyed when they were younger can unlock memory, cognition and verbal skills. Being engaged in environments and locations that hold historical significance for individuals including the sights, sounds and scents can also increase recall.
As part of our assessment, we take time to find the unique interests and history of each client and build activities, puzzles, games and short day trips designed to engage them in their day-to-day life.
“Mum had always loved ballroom dancing. However, as her dementia progresses she became less mobile and more quiet. A Focus Home Care Worker got to know Mum and discovered that she became more talkative when watching videos of ballroom dancing, which became a weekly activity, built into her care plan. I can’t believe how much her eyes light up every time.”
– John, son of Focus Home Care client
Why we choose Montessori
Focus Home Care has been fortunate to be guided by Anne Kelly, Managing Director, Montessori Ageing Support Services on practical ways to use the principles of the Montessori Method in dementia care.
Ways we endeavour to improve life for people with dementia:
We pair our clients with Focus Home Care workers who share common interests or alignments, for example matching clients with care workers who speak the same languages.
Our care workers encourage and assist clients to socialise in a way that maintains their verbal and cognitive skills and reduces social withdrawal and isolation
We ensure the same Focus Home Care workers attend each time as much as possible.
Health & Fitness
Working with our and your physiotherapists and allied health professionals to assist clients in exercise and remaining physically active
Care workers are rostered to attend people with dementia at regular times, either in the morning or at night, whatever works best for the client’s routine
Using the Montessori Method to assist with recall, cognition and verbal skills in creative and practical ways.
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We can also arrange for a member of our friendly client services team to visit your home for a no-obligation, complimentary care consultation.