Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe various conditions which damage brain cells and lead to a loss of brain function over time. Alzheimer's disease is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behaviour and can be a frightening experience for both the sufferer and their family.
Dementia causes a progressive decline in a person’s mental functioning. It is a broad term, which describes a loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and normal emotional reactions. A diagnosis of dementia can create feelings of anger, fear, and anxiety. A person in the early stage of the illness should seek emotional support from family, friends, and perhaps a counsellor experienced in working with people who have dementia. Professional counselling may help the person accept the diagnosis and develop coping strategies. If the condition is diagnosed early, people with mild dementia can be involved with their doctor and home help providers in planning for the future and organizing the home and daily tasks. Dementia progresses at different rates in different people, so a person may have many months, or even years, of stable functioning. People with dementia may be able to stay mentally and physically active for years.
Successfully providing Dementia or Alzheimer’s Care involves good communication from the care giver that boosts self-esteem and confidence. Positive physical contact, creative thinking that encourages the person's existing skills, maintaining positive attitudes, and rekindling the spark of life in both you as the supportive partner and in people with dementia are all important parts of professional care.
Home Care Plus can help you by providing one on one care for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease sufferers. Our Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care plans are all encompassing and aim to treat the illness with the sensitivity that it deserves.
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