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The Importance of Caring For Dementia Patients
This entry was posted on March 18, 2014.
What Is Dementia?
With an aging population, one of the issues that the UK has to cope with is that while people are living for longer and there are a lot of advancements in science and medicine dementia is still a serious condition that has an effect on a lot of people.
Dementia is a set of symptoms that can include:
- Memory loss
- Problems with thinking
- Problems with speech and language
- Problems with problem solving
Initially these issues can appear to be small and not too troubling; however they can escalate quickly which can have a serious impact on a person with dementia’s daily life and they require help to do more and more. This can in turn have an effect on the mood of the sufferer.
Dementia is most often caused by brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, but can also be caused by strokes. Alzheimer’s is a common cause for dementia, but not all cases are due to this. Vascular dementia is a type of dementia that is caused when the brains blood supply is limited. It is also possible for things such as alcoholism, head injury or depression to cause dementia but this is less common.
Things You Can Do To Make Life Easier For A Dementia Patient
In terms of caring for a dementia patient, whether it is at home or in a care home environment, some dementia aids that can help with the care of a patient with dementia and help them have an independent dignified lifestyle can include:
- Dementia Furniture – this is a range of furniture designed with the patients safety in mind and can allow for them to have some independence safe in the knowledge that they will be at a lower risk from injury due to rounded corners and so on.
- Memory box – these are specific boxes that can be used to put important mementos in that have significance on the patient’s life. These help them to remember things but also serve as a cue for those caring with the patient to help conversation and encourage the patient to interact more.
- Toileting aids – in order to help dementia sufferers go about their lives with more dignity and some independence, providing toileting aids can help patients do the things they always would have done previously, as they are often brightly coloured so as to help produce a trigger.
- Incontinence Products – although not always related, dementia can have a side effect of incontinence. Providing incontinence products can means that those in your care can go about their day to day business without worrying about leakage.
What Are The Best Dementia Products?
There are no right or wrong options in terms of selecting dementia aids, different patients will have different needs! The most important thing to consider when caring for someone with dementia is to try as much as possible to interact with them as normal, and try and instil a feeling of independence. By using various dementia aids, then the patient can have a sense of still having their personal freedom and this can help reduce the strain on their carers.