As per NHS, Dementia is a syndrome (a group of related symptoms) associated with an ongoing decline in brain functioning.
This may include problems with:
- memory loss
- thinking speed
- mental sharpness and quickness
- difficulties carrying out daily activities
There are many different causes of dementia. People often get confused about the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
How Dove Home Care Live in carer can support –
Award-winning care agency carers can take on this role of a friend and assist people, of any age group, with decision making and assisting with day to day activities within the comforts of their own homes.
Carers also ensure that they remain close to the person at all times and allow them to carry on their day to day activities.
If people with dementia move to care homes or nursing homes then they face even bigger challenges as they may find it challenging in getting used to the new areas and locations. Secondly, they may have to share services with other patients which they may not be comfortable. Thirdly, they may not get the same attention to detail from the carers as the carers keep changing and each carer is generally provided with a group to be looked after.
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia and, together with vascular dementia, makes up the vast majority of cases.
People with dementia can become apathetic or uninterested in their usual activities, or may have problems controlling their emotions.
They may also find social situations challenging and lose interest in socialising. Aspects of their personality may change.
A person with dementia may lose empathy (understanding and compassion), they may see or hear things that other people do not (hallucinations). Because people with dementia may lose the ability to remember events or fully understand their environment or situations, it can seem as if they’re not telling the truth or are willfully ignoring problems.
As dementia affects a person’s mental abilities, they may find planning and organising difficultly. Maintaining their independence may also become a problem.
NHS recommends that a person with dementia will therefore usually need help from friends or relatives, including help with decision making.