Hyde Park Care was founded in 2011 following a family’s experience of caring for their Grandfather who had Alzheimer’s with dementia. During the early stages of the disease, family members were able to care for Granddad and still have a similar quality of life. However, as the disease progressed, Granddad became more and more dependent on his family for the most basic functions in life. The family had believed that they would be able to cope, however, they had no idea how hard it would become and how it would impact their own wellbeing. Eventually, professional care assistants were called in to help with personal and continence care to ease the family’s burden and also to preserve Granddad’s dignity.
Unfortunately, the quality of the care provided by care companies and private care assistants appeared to be random and the lack of consistency was having a detrimental effect on Granddad’s wellbeing. To keep Granddad safe the family made the decision to move him into a care home that specialised in dementia care. Sadly, moving Granddad away from his home and familiar surroundings seemed to have an even more detrimental effect on him. Granddad became more confused, restless, agitated and his memory loss worsened significantly. One night, Grandad tried to leave the care home but he lacked the mobility and dexterity to get out of bed on his own. Granddad got tangled in his sheets, fell from the bed and hit his head. Tragically, this led to hospitalisation and largely contributed to Granddad passing on shortly after.