The term dementia is used to describe deteriorating cognitive abilities such as memory loss and decreased language ability. Alzheimer’s disease, which damages brain cells, is the most well-known and common form of dementia. Other causes include stroke, traumatic brain injury, and smoking. Care is especially important when a condition involves cognitive decline. Previous tasks that were considered routine will start to become difficult, and will eventually be impossible to perform.
Dementia is a degenerative disease, which means that the condition only worsens over time, and there is no cure. Starting care early can lead to better patient outcomes. This will allow you to retain a caregiver who has experienced the progression of the symptoms with your loved one. As a result, they can adapt care needs as required. Another important aspect of care for this condition is consistency. Familiarity of routine and staff can help mitigate memory loss. You also want to ensure that the caregiver is committed to delivering care on a personalized level to your loved one. Those who have more advanced dementia may require live-in care. This will allow for full time care so that your loved one always has access to help when needed.
The Alzheimer’s Association identified three areas of care that when addressed can substantially improve an individual’s quality of living. This includes: food and fluid consumption, pain management, and social engagement. If proper nutrition is not adhered to then this can lead to developing other health conditions. Declining communication skills also makes it difficult for caregivers without professional experience to recognize signs of pain. This can aggravate behavioural issues. Additionally, social withdrawal is a common concern with dementia patients. Providing companionship to your loved one and keeping them involved in activities delays progression of symptoms.
We have also recruited many caregivers who have advanced training with using the Montessori method. This teaching technique has been used successfully to calm patients with dementia and ease interactions with them. By using an emphasis on the environment and on finding purpose, dementia patients are able to regain confidence and enjoy more fulfilling lives.