Do you know dementia? Stanfield Nursing Home has been caring for your loved ones for over 30 years. This has benefited our staff with years of experience and expertise in providing high quality care to people living with dementia.
We answer your dementia-related questions, providing some insight into the condition and how you can help a loved one who lives with dementia.
Q: 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 decline in the functioning of the brain. Whereas Alzheimer’s disease refers to one specific type of dementia and is the most common form.
The different types of dementia include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Vascular dementia
- Lewy body dementia
- Frontotemporal dementia
- Mixed dementia
Q: Is dementia an inevitable part of getting older?
Age does not cause dementia, although the risk does significantly increase with age. Dementia can affect younger adults as well as older people. Around 17,000 people under the age of 65 years have a form of dementia.
Q: What are the main symptoms of dementia?
Although the symptoms can differ from person to person, it is vital that you seek medical help if you or a loved one experiences any of the below symptoms. There is no cure for dementia, but if you catch it early the progression of the disease can be slowed, and you can receive the appropriate care required.
- More frequent memory loss, forgetful of familiar people, places, or recent events
- Slower than usual thinking speed and 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- Withdrawn due to a loss of confidence or inability to manage everyday tasks and communication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 do not
- Loss of sense of time, people, places
Q: How do you care for someone living with dementia?
At Stanfield, we can provide experienced staff to help those living with dementia to maintain their quality of life and see our care as a home-away-from-home. We do this by creating specialised dementia care plans with people and their families. This might include specific daily routines and activities or aid with meal times.
Contacting Stanfield Nursing Home
If you are interested in finding out more about the specialist dementia care we provide, then head to our website today. You can also stay up-to-date with all our care home news on our social media. Alternatively, you can call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.