Understanding and Supporting Dementia

18 Mar 2024 | Uncategorised

Dementia is a brain condition that affects many people, especially as they get older. In the UK, a large number of families are touched by dementia, seeing their loved ones face challenges with memory, thinking, and everyday tasks. This article aims to help you understand dementia better, spot its early signs, learn about its journey, and find out how to get help in the UK. 

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a neurological condition characterised by a decline in cognitive abilities such as memory, reasoning, judgment, and communication to the extent that it interferes with daily functioning and independence. It is caused by damage to brain cells, typically resulting from diseases like Alzheimer’s (the most common in the UK) or vascular issues. Symptoms may include forgetfulness, confusion, disorientation, difficulty with language and problem-solving, and changes in mood and behaviour. Dementia poses significant challenges for individuals affected, their families, and carers.

Spotting the Early Signs

Catching dementia early can make a big difference. Early signs might include forgetting recent events, having trouble planning or solving simple puzzles, getting confused about time or places, and mood swings. You may notice that someone who used to be good at managing their day or remembering birthdays starts having trouble with these things. It’s essential to know these signs so we can help our loved ones find the proper support early on.

The Journey of Dementia

As Dementia progresses, the person will go through different stages. At first, the signs might be mild and not too troubling. But as time goes on, these challenges can grow, making daily tasks harder. This journey is different for everyone, but understanding it helps families prepare and make their loved ones as comfortable as possible.

Finding Support in the UK

The good news is there’s a lot of help available in the UK for people with dementia and their families. The NHS and social care services offer support, from getting a diagnosis to finding the proper care. There are also charities and organisations ready to lend a hand with advice, support groups, and resources. It’s all about finding the right help and ensuring the person with dementia and their family feel supported.

Personalised Care: The Key to Support

Everyone is unique, and so is their experience with dementia. That’s why personalised care, that’s specially designed for one person’s needs, is so important. It helps people with dementia get the right kind of help at the right time, making their days better and more fulfilling.

Eximius Live In Care: A Special Kind of Help

At Eximius Support, we believe being in a familiar place can make a big difference for someone with dementia. Our carers and companions are trained experts in dementia care, ready to support not just the person with dementia but their whole family.

Why In-Home Care Makes Sense

Staying at home is much better for someone with dementia than moving to residential care. It’s important for people living with dementia to be in a place that feels safe and familiar, surrounded by memories and the comfort of home. This can help slow down the challenges of dementia and make life more enjoyable.

Choosing the Right Care

If you’re looking for care for a loved one with dementia, it’s essential to ask the right questions. Find out about the carer’s training, how they plan to personalise care, and how they’ll adapt as needs change. Choosing someone who understands the dementia journey and knows how to offer the proper support can make all the difference.

Dementia is a challenging journey, but understanding it, spotting its early signs, and getting the proper support can make a big difference. 

If you think someone you love might be showing signs of dementia, don’t wait. Talk to a doctor about what you’ve noticed. If you’re looking for more support at home, contact us here for an informal chat about how we can help.

Further Reading

Making the Tough Call: When Is It No Longer Safe For Dementia Patients To Stay At Home

Understanding The Diagnostic Process For Dementia

Understanding the Distinction Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s 

Understanding the Costs of Dementia Care: Domiciliary vs Live-In Care

Resources

Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia UK

Dementia guide – NHS