What is Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term describing a number of diseases and conditions of the brain, sharing the characteristics of decreasing brain function, which are usually progressive and eventually severe. The common initial symptoms of dementia are memory loss, confusion and challenges with understanding and speech. Some of the well-known diseases include Alzheimer’s, Pick’s, Vascular Dementia, Huntingdon’s, Creutzfeldt-Jakob and Parkinson’s.
As dementia is usually progressive, initial symptoms become more severe and additional symptoms may appear, such as gradual loss of mobility, weight loss, incontinence and an increasing severity of behavioural issues (restlessness, hallucinations, agitation, wandering, suspicion and aggression).
Effects of Dementia in the Family
Experiencing the changes in a loved one, who has Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia, is extremely difficult. Real challenges come as a dementia sufferer starts to lose their memory, followed by their speech and faculties. In many cases, family members find themselves in a strange type of bereavement, coping with the loss of the personality of their relative, while still physically caring for them.
Types of dementia we support
Over the past 25 years, we have sensitively cared for, and supported people with various mental health issues and dementia including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Vascular dementia
- Mixed dementia (Alzheimer’s and vascular)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Dementia with Lewy bodies
- Huntington’s disease
- Alcohol related dementia – Korsakoff’s syndrome
- Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD)
We know that dementia is a real challenge, which will not go away, and support for people with dementia requires our professional support which helps to prevent excessive stress. We have over 25 years of experience caring effectively for people with dementia and can provide you with the very best specialised care, giving you peace of mind that your loved one is being cared for by experienced, trained and qualified carers.
Our staff are dedicated to helping each person maintain an active and independent life, by focusing on current abilities, interests and needs. They are experienced in the special challenges related to dementia, including behavioural and communication difficulties.