What does Dementia Care mean?
Dementia is a condition that typically impairs a person’s cognitive abilities, including their memory and the way they think and communicate. Dementia comes in numerous forms and stages, and it can affect each individual very differently. People can receive dementia care in a variety of settings including residential and nursing care homes, both of which are designed to provide support and assistance to those living with the progressive condition.
The way in which dementia care is provided is dependent on each individual’s case and takes into consideration their stage of dementia and symptoms. Identifying signs and symptoms of dementia is the first step in figuring out what support is required for yourself or a loved one. Symptoms of early to mid-stages of dementia can appear in many ways including, but not limited to, forgetfulness with dates and appointments, struggling in social situations, and experiencing challenges with daily tasks. These may be an indication that dementia care is needed.
As a progressive condition, symptoms of dementia can worsen over time, although this is at a different rate for each individual. When dementia is at a more advanced level, some may experience a loss of awareness and their surroundings or experience difficulty with mobility and communication which may require specialist support. To help establish what kind of support is required, an assessment may be carried out. A care home is an option for dementia care and is a supportive environment where specialised, professional care is provided around-the-clock by a team of nurses.