Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of Dementia.
Dementia is not a single disease; it’s an overall term — like heart disease — that covers a wide range of specific medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s Disease. Disorders grouped under the general term “Dementia” are caused by abnormal brain changes. These changes trigger a decline in thinking skills, also known as cognitive abilities, severe enough to impair daily life and independent function. They also affect behaviour, feelings and relationships.
Alzheimer’s Disease accounts for 60-80% of cases of Dementia. Vascular Dementia, which occurs because of microscopic bleeding and blood vessel blockage in the brain, is the second most common cause of Dementia. There are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of Dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.
Dementia can be extremely difficult for family members and loved ones to cope with and can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Here at Falcon-Care all our carers go through robust Dementia training therefore enabling them to ease the pressure that you may go through and be that extra support that you and your loved ones requires. Also there experience allows our care staff to support the individual living with Dementia by knowing and understanding their conditions this also helps to detect a decline in their mental wellbeing or health as they will understand if this could be caused by an additional health implication such as a urine infection as this can be portrayed as a decline in health when in fact it may not be the case and their behaviour may have changed due to the infection not a progression in Dementia.
Our experienced senior care team will complete an initial assessment and create a full detailed care and support plan involving all the family members so it is tailored to the best Dementia care support for your loved ones and can offer advice on any adaptations that can make life easier allowing your loves ones to live independently at home. We can also support you or your loved one to attend Dementia groups that help interaction and socialising.
Falcon-Care staff were very supportive and helped me understand my Dads condition, they were only at the end of the phone if I needed any advice, We could not have wished for better care or better service.
7 Stages of Dementia
- Stage 1
No Impairment. During this stage, Alzheimer’s is not detectable, and no memory problems or other symptoms of Dementia are evident.
- Stage 2
Very Mild Decline-Forgets certain things but can otherwise function normally.
- Stage 3
Mild Decline-Difficulties at work, becomes anxious, family becomes aware.
- Stage 4
Moderate Decline-Reduced ability to count, finds travels difficult, can no longer manage own affairs.
- Stage 5
Moderately Severe Decline-Needs help getting dressed.
- Stage 6
Severe Decline-Needs help eating, needs help using the bathroom, maybe incontinent, disorientated in time and place, possibly forgets who they are.
- Stage 7
Very Severe Decline-Severe speech loss, motor stiffness, incontinent, needs feeding, total disorientation.
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