Living with dementia can be a bewildering experience, requiring significant lifestyle changes for the whole family. At Eclipse HomeCare our specialist dementia care services can provide the essential support you need during this time. Dementia care you can rely upon. Dementia care you can trust.
We understand the emotional, social and practical challenges of living well with dementia. Gradually the world of the person with dementia and their family carers shrinks as the disease progresses. Maintaining a life outside of the home or indeed sharing the closeness you once had together can often become difficult. This, together with the demands of practical care and support, can leave you feeling isolated and exhausted and our Enrichment Programmes (for those suffering with mild dementia who wish to be more active) are designed to help.
‘’The reason we have given Eclipse HomeCare such a good report is totally due to the two carers we have looking after my mum on a daily basis, they are great in every way and go the extra mile without question, also having the same two carers is so important as older people gets stressed if they have different carers. It is important to keep the same carers. Our two carers are exceptional and are outstanding ambassadors for Eclipse HomeCare.’’ Mr Gordon W, Worcester
What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
People often confuse the terms ‘dementia’ and ‘Alzheimer’s disease’.
Dementia is the name given to a specific group of diseases which all cause a serious decline in the functioning of the brain. Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease refers to one specific type of dementia, and is the most common form.
Type of Dementia & Effects on the Brain
- Most cases of dementia care needed for older people are the result of Alzheimer’s disease
- Chemical and structural changes cause brain cells to die
Vascular or multi- infarct dementia
- The second most common form of dementia
- The person suffers a series of strokes that prevent oxygen reaching the brain causing the brain cells to die
You may think dementia is an inevitable ’fact’ of aging. This is not true. Age does not cause dementia, although the risk does significantly increase with age. Dementia can affect younger adults as well as older people.
There are currently about 800.000 people suffering from dementia in the UK and this figure is likely to increase to over a one million by 2021. Around 17,000 people under the age of 65 years have some form of dementia. About a quarter of people between the ages of 70 and 79 years are affected and this rises to one in six for people who are over 80 years of age.
Signs and symptoms of dementia
Signs and symptoms may vary depending upon the type of dementia and the area of brain cells affected. For example:
Frontotemporal dementia tends to affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain (the front and sides). We use the front of our brain for planning, organising and regulating our behaviour. So disease in this area is likely result in personality and behaviour change e.g. loss of inhibitions, becoming more impulsive or being withdrawn. Whereas, the temporal lobes organise memory and language, so disease in this area is more likely to cause difficulty communicating and remembering.
Whilst dementia cannot be cured, the condition can be slowed down if it is caught early enough. Early diagnosis can also enable you to access the right dementia care. If you notice any of the following symptoms it is vital to seek medical help as soon as possible.
- More frequent memory loss, forgetful of familiar people, places or recent events
- Slower than usual thinking speed, difficulty finding the right words
- Periods of mental confusion
- Difficulty understanding or making decisions
- Impaired reasoning, inability to make judgements, plan or carry out tasks that require concentration
- Changes in personality or mood, disinhibited behaviour
- Increased apathy or lack of interest in their usual activities
- Withdrawn due to a loss of confidence or inability to manage everyday tasks and communication
- Hallucinations, hearing or seeing things that others don’t
- Loss of sense of time, people, places
Care and support
Eclipse HomeCare can provide experienced and specifically trained staff to help you maintain your quality of life while remaining in your own home. Our clients each have their own dedicated Area Team Leader who is responsible for the day to day management of our clients care. Each Area Team Leader has been trained at a Dementia Specialist 10 day training course run by the Department of Dementia Studies at Worcester University. We create a specialised dementia care plan with you. This might include:
- Reminding or helping you to take your medicines to manage your symptoms
- Support with bathing and/or dressing to keep you looking your best
- Catheter care and continence management to maintain your dignity and comfort
- Help to establish a regular exercise routine to improve mood and mobility and to strengthen muscles
- Making sure you have plenty of fluids and a balanced diet with enough fresh fruit and vegetables and fibre to keep you healthy and avoid constipation
- Assisting with routine household chores and shopping so your home life is as you would like it to be
- Companionship, or helping you to be involved in social activities.
Our services provide the support and care you need to get you and your loved ones through the difficult days.
We also offer two types of Enrichment Programmes for those who are, or want to become more active.
- ‘’Lifetime’’ Activity Programmes (for the elderly)
- ‘’Moments’’ Dementia Support & Enrichment Programmes
The Moments Group may be of interest to those suffering from mild dementia.
Contact us today to discuss dementia care and the support service necessary for you.