Our dementia care in summary
According to reports, more than 9 lakh people in the UK have been diagnosed with dementia, and this number is expected to rise in the coming years. However, Nurses Group Homecare in Yeovil firmly believes that living in a familiar environment with the assistance of a highly trained, professional homecare assistant allows dementia patients to maintain independence and a much higher quality of life. Nurses Group Homecare in Yeovil can offer dementia care services that are tailored to the needs of each individual. We understand the difficulties that living with dementia causes for both the individual and their families.
We have highly trained specialists on hand to provide one-on-one dementia care in your own home. Nurses Group Homecare provides dementia care for your loved one from the beginning to the final stage.
What exactly is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term for a variety of progressive symptoms and conditions that cause a significant decline in brain function. The losses are significant. All types of dementia cause memory loss, reasoning and judgement loss, personality and behavioural changes, physical decline, and death over time.
Nevertheless, the progression of dementia varies significantly from person to person. Many factors influence it, including age and other medical conditions.
How does dementia affect daily life?
Dementia diagnosis varies according to its form; the individual will most likely experience the onset of different symptoms such as memory loss, cognitive decline, attention span, and even personality changes. This will have a significant impact on the person's life because they may transition from living independently to requiring care as time passes, which can be difficult for them as well as those around them to adjust to.
What are the signs of dementia?
This refers to the loss of mental abilities such as thinking and memory. Good cognitive ability is required to live independently, so as a person's cognitive ability declines, they will most likely require some assistance with day-to-day tasks.
When most people think of dementia, they think of memory loss as the most serious problem. And it's true that memory lapses can be the first sign of a problem with one's well-being and health, particularly when someone forgets their daily routine.
Judgement and attention
As certain parts of the brain deteriorate, individuals with dementia may struggle to follow a conversation, ask to repeat themselves, or claim that you haven't told them something that you have. They may also tell you the same narrative multiple times in a row. Thus, patience is essential when being around a person with dementia, as they are not doing any of these things on purpose; it is part of their health condition.
Certain dementias, such as frontotemporal dementia, affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain (the front and sides). The front of our brain is responsible for behaviour planning, organisation, and regulation. As a result, disease in this area is likely to cause personality and behavioural changes. They will lose their logical side and act inappropriately, even in public.
As dementia progresses, the person will require increasing assistance with simple tasks. This could range from simply reminding someone to do a task to a more advanced stage where they are unable to carry out their daily activities. This can be upsetting for both the individual and his loved ones who are witnessing the struggle. As a result, it is preferable to seek professional care services at a later stage.
ones experience as dementia progresses. So, we give you highly trained support workers who will encourage you and understand your needs so they can help you live the best life they can.
Different types of dementia
There are various types of dementia, including:
1. Alzherimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia, and the slowest-progressing of all types.
2. Vascular dementia
This occurs when the blood circulation to the brain decreases due to a stroke or another problem, damaging the blood vessels in the brain.
3. Dementia with Lewy bodies
Lewy bodies are protein deposits that form throughout the brain, including the cerebral cortex, which is responsible for language and cognition. They deteriorate and destroy brain nerves over time.
4. Mixed dementia
Mixed dementia involves more than one cause. There may be blood vessel damage and protein accumulation in the brain.
How is dementia identified?
Memory issues are not always related to dementia; they can also result from stress, depression, drug side effects, or other medical conditions. However, it is always preferable to seek assistance early on. So, if you suspect that you or someone you know has dementia, you should see a general practitioner (GP).
Once the GP has ruled out any other treatable conditions, such as a urinary tract or chest infection, constipation, thyroid deficiency, brain tumour, depression, emotional upheaval, or a medication side effect, and has narrowed the diagnosis to dementia, they will recommend specialists for further examination.
How is dementia diagnosed?
- Discuss with the person and those close to them details about symptoms and how the illness may develop, as well as appropriate treatments that you may be offered.
- Use a tool to test your memory and thinking skills (such as the Mini Mental State Examination).
- Schedule a brain scan.
- Conduct a physical examination.
What is dementia care at Nurses Group Homecare?
Caring for someone with dementia can be challenging, and Nurses Group Homecare in Yeovil understands the emotional trauma that the individual and his loved ones go through as it progresses. People with dementia have difficulty taking care of their needs and thus may need assistance. They are also susceptible to isolation and a variety of health problems.
Thus, Nurses Group Homecare provide you with the best, most highly trained dementia carer who will encourage you and understand your needs in order to help you live the best life possible. We tailor a dementia care plan depending on the condition and needs of each individual. They are as follows:
- Reminding or assisting with medication management and administration
- Assist with basic hygiene.
- Management of catheter care and skin care integrity
- Help them set up a regular exercise routine to improve their mood, their ability to move around, and the strength of their muscles.
- Food and nutritional tracking
- Assist with domestic chores, as well as accompany you to appointments and assist you with your weekly shopping, so that you can live a normal life.
- Plan outdoor activities such as day trips, visits, and exercise.
Contact us for more details regarding our dementia care services.