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Alzheimer’s And Dementia Care

What is dementia?

It can be hard to know the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s. In simple terms, when the brain is injured, either through stroke or disease, it is called dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.

What is dementia?

It can be hard to know the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s. In simple terms, when the brain is injured, either through stroke or disease, it is called dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.

Dementia is a term used to describe a number of conditions which affect the brain, including:

  • Brain injury
  • Memory loss
  • Problems with thinking clearly, logically
  • Difficulties with language and speech
  • Changes in perception and judgment
  • Difficulties with controlling emotions

Often, these changes are small and hard to notice, but as the condition progresses it can begin to affect daily life.

Sadly too, dementia can cause changes in the mood and behaviour of the person living with the disease. This is where a carer can help you to live more comfortably with the condition.

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and is a physical disease which affects the brain. Overtime, Alzheimer’s disrupts nerve cells in the brain causing them to stop working effectively. The first symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, usually with recalling recent events.

Overtime, Alzheimer’s can cause problems with:

  • Social isolation
  • Memory
  • Disorientation
  • Personality change

How can an Alzheimer’s/ dementia carer help?

Support to remain in your own home.

Staying in a familiar environment is so beneficial for people living with dementia conditions. Many people with Alzheimer’s can live comfortably in their own home, if they have the right support. As the condition progresses, a person’s care needs will increase also. An Alzheimer’s home carer can help.

Assistance with domestic, medical and daily-living tasks.

During the early stages of Alzheimer’s, you may need assistance with domestic chores. Tasks like dressing, personal hygiene and taking medication can be better supported by a home carer.

Provide respite care to rest and recover.

Sadly, Alzheimer’s can change a person’s personality and cause complications with expressing emotions and empathy. The frustrations from this can place strain on relationships, especially for those who are living alongside the condition.

Create a safe environment at home

Alzheimer’s and dementia patients often struggle with perception and special awareness. Previously mundane aspects of domestic life can transform into hazards in the home. A home carer can:

  • Identify objects, furniture and carpeting which may cause injury from falls
  • Help lock away medications and cleaning equipment that could be harmful
  • Assess lighting in stairwells or suggest ways to cordon off areas of risk
  • Set water temperatures to prevent burns

Support with a healthy diet

Evidence has shown a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, legumes and cereals, and low in sugar, can help reduce dementia symptoms and risks. An Alzheimer’s home carer can help prepare enjoyable, nutritious meals.

Find a carer

A private carer can provide as little, or as much, care as is needed. Through Curam you choose the carer who is right for you, someone who understands the need to be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.

Who else can support me with Alzheimer’s/ dementia care?

ADULT DAY CARE

Often, people living with dementia conditions cannot safely stay home alone, but enjoy the social company of others. A day care centre is a good option.

Across the UK, many towns and cities have centres specially created to assist those with Alzheimer’s. These are staffed by medical professionals, carers and nurses, who understand the special needs of dementia patients.

Dementia patients benefit greatly from keeping the ‘grey-matter’ in the brain active. A day centre will offer a range of activities to keep minds sharp and healthy:

  • Socialising
  • Playing games
  • Solving puzzles
  • Singing

Adult day care also offers peace of mind when family members are at work, or in need of rest and recuperation.

Where can I find more information?

INFORMATION & ADVICE

Alzheimer’s Society – Advice and options for care.

Alzheimer’s Association – Advice and options for care.

Dementia UK – National charity for families and individuals living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK – FAQs about current research into the disease.

NHS Dementia Information Service – Weekly, topic based email updates.

LOCAL SERVICES

Dementia Connect – Alzheimer’s Society online directory of local services.

Age UK – Local services, support groups and helpline.

PEER SUPPORT

Talking Point – Alzheimer’s Society online forum to share experiences.

National Dementia Helpline – Information and advice about dementia.

The Carers’ Trust – Support and advice for carers.

Carers UK – National charity providing help to carers.