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Understanding Dementia

What is dementia and how can you help a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia?

Understanding Dementia

A loved one has been diagnosed with dementia and you’re wondering what this means. What is dementia? How can you help? What kind of care will they need as their condition worsens? The answers to these questions and more are in this article on understanding dementia and helping a loved one with dementia at home.

Understanding Dementia

Dementia, also known as Alzheimer’s disease, is an illness that negatively affects memory, thinking skills, behaviour and personality. Dementia develops gradually over time as brain cells are damaged or die. In 2014 there were 46 million people living with dementia globally; by 2050 it’s predicted that 131 million will be affected. It’s important to remember that no two people develop dementia in exactly the same way; symptoms vary from person to person depending on their particular condition. The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), accounts for 60-80% of all cases of severe cognitive impairment. Dementia is more than memory loss—it’s an illness that affects your thinking, behaviour, mood, ability to carry out daily tasks, personality and communication skills.

How To Cope With Dementia At Home

When someone you love has dementia, it can be hard to know what to do. It might feel like your life revolves around doctor’s appointments or even simple tasks like grocery shopping. But there are things you can do as a caregiver to make everyday living easier for your loved one—and yourself! It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when someone close to you has been diagnosed with dementia. The most important thing to remember is that while there’s no cure for dementia, it’s possible to manage symptoms and live well at home. If you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed, there are services such as Carers UK that provide help and support to caregivers. This could be; help with claiming benefits, resources, online forums and activities.

How To Care For A Loved One Who Has Been Diagnosed With Dementia

The first step in caring for a person with dementia is making sure they receive proper medical care by getting their diagnosis from a medical professional. Once you have their diagnosis, use these tips to ease any stress on both of you: Give yourself permission to get support: As much as possible. You deserve breaks and support from family members, friends and other caregivers. It’s important to seek help if you need it. The amount of help individuals suffering from dementia require varies from person to person. In most cases, you will need to make sure they are eating a healthy balanced diet and drinking enough water. You may be assisting your loved one with day-to-day tasks such as running errands, taking care of pets, cleaning and personal care. The Dementia guide on the NHS website is a great source of information and links to helpful articles. 

We’re Here To Help

At Heritage Healthcare York, we provide a range of services to help your loved ones remain at home for longer. Our care services allow your loved one to continue living at home, whilst receiving an excellent level of care from our team of Home Care Assistants. You can view the full list of services we provide by clicking here. Alternatively, feel free to contact our friendly team through your preferred contact method here.

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