Dementia is happening every day, all around you…
Did you know someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia every 3 seconds? That’s an incredible number of people who are struggling with carrying out everyday tasks that you or I take for granted. The more we can raise awareness of dementia amongst the wider public, the more support and help people will receive. At Ashwell Home Care Services we are supporting Dementia UK’s “time for a cuppa” week from the 1st to the 8th of May, to help raise public awareness about dementia.
Isn’t dementia just part of growing old?
Dementia is not simply a natural part of aging. Dementia is an umbrella term for diseases that affect the brain such as Alzheimer’s. These diseases can cause problems with memory, and understanding. This can result in people forgetting names or important dates. It may lead to confusion with tasks such as getting dressed, or shopping. It can cause personality changes. It can make it very difficult for people to live independently without support.
Can’t I just look after my loved ones?
Caring for someone with dementia can place a great strain upon family members. If you believe a loved one is starting to show signs of dementia it is important to seek help. We provide trained care companions to help provide support to those people with dementia. You are not alone, and no one can provide round-the-clock care without help or a break. Trying to care for your loved ones and your own family can be difficult for everyone. Reach out and speak to someone.
What are the signs to look out for?
Dementia presents differently in different people. The important thing to look for is changes. If someone has previously been very social and they suddenly become withdrawn, that may be a sign. But if they have always been happy in their own company, then there is no concern. The main indicators are:
- Increased forgetfulness
- Increased confusion
- Changes to personality
- Reduced concentration
- Depression or withdrawal
- An inability to carry out everyday tasks
Who can help me?
Speak to your doctor in the first instance. If you need to access local authority funding to gain support for your loved one, you will need a diagnosis. If you require private care you can proceed without an official diagnosis, or you can put measures in place to support your loved one before they meet the criteria for a formal diagnosis. Speak to us. We are trained professionals and can advise you both about the medical side of dementia, as well as explaining the complexities of local authority funding and what you will need to do. We are always happy to talk.
What’s the next step?
While dementia is an incurable condition, early intervention and diagnosis have been shown to help reduce the speed of deterioration. Our aim at Ashwell Home Service is to help people live a life with dementia, not a life ruled by dementia. Contact us today and let us help you.