Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of conditions which affect the brain causing changes in memory, personality and ability to cope with the normal tasks of daily life. The commonest of these is Alzheimer’s disease. Changes in mood, perception of time, reasoning and ability to communicate may all be affected by this cruel disease.
At any stage dementia is a difficult condition both for the client and for their family. For the sufferer recognising that their intellectual ability is deteriorating is very frightening and can cause anxiety and, in some cases, depression. For the family there is the gradual loss of the person they love, who, while physically present, seems to be changing from the person they once were.
Compassionate understanding is the key to good care of the person suffering, together with recognition of their abilities and capacity. In this way they can be enabled and encouraged to live life as fully and independently as possible with their individuality respected and their choices honoured. The right care can enhance a Dementia sufferer’s quality of life and take the weight off the shoulders of their family.
In our experience sufferers of Dementia find that remaining in the familiarity of their own home is most beneficial. The care and understanding we offer through our live-in care services gives them the support they need.
At OxleyCare our approach to Dementia care is client centred. We tailor our live-in care services to the requirements of the person we are caring for. We always ensure we work in a caring manner and fully understand that living with Dementia is difficult for both the person with Dementia and their family. We pride ourselves in offering the best possible quality of support.
We provide all our carers who look after those with dementia with specific training to help them to care with kindness and understanding. We also require that they read Oliver James’s excellent book ‘Contented Dementia’, which gives real understanding and insight into the needs and abilities of the sufferer. I would also strongly recommend those close to anyone with Dementia or looking after someone with Dementia to read this book.
The Alzheimer’s Society website provides more information about Alzheimer’s.