What is dementia?
The word ‘dementia’ refers to a group of symptoms that affect the brain which deteriorate over time. Dementia is not disease and it is not a natural part of ageing. It also isn’t usually inherited.
Alzheimer’s and other dementia types affect more than 850,000 people in the UK, most of them older people.
A person with dementia will need more care and support as their condition progresses, and there may come a time when they will need to move into full-time or residential care. This could be because a care home may be able to meet the needs of the person better. Or, it could be because something changes that then makes it difficult for the person with dementia to stay living at home.
It can be hard to know when the time is right for a person with dementia to move into a care home and who should make this decision, if the person cannot make it themselves.
We urge carers to seek support early so that the options available are fully understood and plans can be made.
Spotting the signs of dementia
One of the most often talked about symptoms of dementia surrounds those frustrating memory lapses for names and words on the tip of the tongue. But taken in isolation, these don’t necessarily spell the onset of dementia; they can simply be the natural ageing of the brain or other conditions.
For example, losing concentration or withdrawing from people could be caused by anxiety or depression, and being confused could be a side effect of taking medication.
Our approach to dementia care
Ensuring the correct care is provided is a collective effort between Coverage Care as a care provider, the individual themselves if they are able to discuss their needs, the wider family or carer and your GP or medical professional.
Our approach to Dementia care is one of bespoke care tailored to the exact needs of the resident and provided in a gentle and supportive way. We also understand the strain that is placed on carers when looking after their loved one who is suffering from this illness.
Our role is to support both the resident and their wider family or carer.
For more information we advise you to contact us and/or visit one of our homes that have specialist dementia care staff.