Dementia can be an emotional journey and moving into full-time care may be a difficult decision for the resident and their family. You must be absolutely confident that the care home you choose has the right facilities, skills and approach to support people whose lives are changed by dementia.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of neurological conditions, which include:
- Vascular dementia
- Lewy Body dementia
- Frontotemporal dementia
It is not a natural part of the aging process but the risks of developing dementia do increase with age. The symptoms are caused by physical changes in the brain and are unique to the individual.
Symptoms vary, depending on the individual and the type of dementia they have. Typical symptoms can include short team memory loss, difficulties with organizational and planning skills, confusion, problems with word finding, and changes in understanding and judgment. However many people with dementia retain a range of strengths and these abilities can be supported through a combination of sensitive support, trusting relationships and a thorough understanding of the person in an environment designed to maximize their abilities and independence.