Dementia is a cruel illness that can potentially affect anyone, but is particularly common in older people. This condition requires them to seek specialist care services, to help support and assist them in their everyday life.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is not a disease in itself, but instead refers to various brain disorders which have the similarity of affecting brain function, causing specific symptoms. These include memory issues, disorientation, confusion and isolation. Due to this cognitive impact, dementia and its symptoms incur a number of challenges for those who suffer from it, especially when carrying everyday dasks.
Dementia encompasses over 100 different types of illnesses, one of the common being Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s accounts for approximately ⅔ of all Dementia cases and has more specific symptoms.
Early stages of Dementia are most often harder to diagnose. As symptoms can only be very mild, this type of illness progresses to eventually become considerably more severe and flagrant. At this point, specialist care for those diagnosed with dementia will have to be provided, in order to support them throughout their everyday routine and tasks.
Since dementia is an age-associated illness, most cases are developed by elderly people, with risk of suffering from Dementia increasing with age.
Symptoms of Dementia: How to recognise them? Being aware of symptoms of Dementia could help diagnose the illness at an early stage, ensuring the person affected receives the adequate specialist care..
Early symptoms could include the following:
Issues with language and communicating
Inability to perform regular everyday tasks
Disorientation and poor judgement of surroundings
Short-term memory loss
Isolation and passiveness
Can Dementia be treated? At present, there is no such thing as a specific cure for Dementia. However, scientific research is making constant progress towards improving available treatments and hopefully one day finding a cure or preventive therapy.
If diagnosed early, sufferers of Dementia can get an appropriate dementia care plan, making it as easy as possible to live with this illness.
As forms and symptoms of Dementia vary depending on individuals, every treatment should be designed and delivered on an individual basis and in line with personal symptoms, needs and requirements.
Caring for someone with Dementia
As with our Alzheimer's care services, we provide clients with daily dementia care support, based on their own personal requirements. Your home caring needs, preferences, and choices will be discussed during our home care assessment process, and your home care support plan will be built and decided upon together. Our aim is to make sure you feel comfortable and are happy about the frequency of our visits and the amount of support and assistance you shall receive.
Whether you are experiencing an early stage of dementia or later symptoms, Sova Healthcare’s highly trained and compassionate carers will help you manage your illness and deal with the various ways in which your life was affected. What makes Sova Healthcare stand out from other domiciliary care service providers is that our carers will build a relationship with you, based on mutual understanding and high-quality care.
How to help someone with Dementia
Every single Dementia case is unique, however, for the vast majority of cases, it is essential to offer sensitive and compassionate support to people with dementia. This includes bespoke help with dementia care to encourage independence and self-confidence.
Looking after and caring for a person with Dementia also entails making sure their physical health and diet are carefully managed. A healthy and nutritious diet combined with regular exercise such as walking, will help preserve physical independence. At the same time, it will participate towards fighting depression and improving life quality and expectancy.
Over the years, research have proven and strongly suggested that the following activities can help stimulate brain functions and comfort people affected by Dementia:
Asking simple questions to trigger memory and decision-making
Direct face to face communication and interaction to stimulate social, language and concentration skills
Regular encouragement, and acknowledgement of positive action will help preserve their self-confidence and therefore independence
Reminiscing memories and the past to engage long-term memory and happy life events and encourage interaction and discussion
Bespoke care for dementia patients
At Sova Healthcare, we understand that with Dementia affecting memory, confidence and independence, the last thing you might want is to experience the unknown surroundings of a care home.
We strive to constantly improve, adapt and perfect our specialist care services to enable our clients to remain in their own house, within familiar environments. This helps them stimulate their memory, whilst also enhancing their confidence and independence. Here are some reasons why you might want to choose home care over residential care homes:
All of these are thoroughly explained in our recent blog post about reasons to opt for home care services rather than a care home. For those who suffer from learning disability or other impairing conditions, our complex care and live in care services provide bespoke personal care plans for a wide range of needs.
Sova Healthcare is proudly regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and social care authority. The CQC have thoroughly inspected the service we provide across a number of locations across West Midlands, Yorkshire and East London.