Dementia care at home


Dementia diagnosis does not mean the end of an active, happy and fulfilled life.

It’s normal to be worried when someone you love gets diagnosed with dementia. The fear of the unknown can be unsettling. Despite this, it’s vital to remain positive. Thanks to ongoing research, live-in care techniques and assistive technology, it is possible to live well with dementia, and remain at home.

At Edyn we know first hand the power of having familiar surroundings. We hope, therefore, to lighten the burden and help you through the experience by sharing some useful information that will enable you to ‘invite’ dementia into the home, rather than it kicking you out.

What is dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome that occurs when the brain is damaged by diseases.

Dementia can affect anyone, whatever their gender, ethnic group, class, education and there is no cure, although research is going on.

There are an estimated 100 types of Dementia. When your loved one is diagnosed with dementia, the diagnosing clinician should be able to tell your loved one what type they have. This is useful to know since symptoms and patterns of progression vary from one to another, and it may help you and your loved one feel more prepared for what the future holds.

Some prominent forms of dementia


Symptoms


There are many different types of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease. It is progressive, meaning that symptoms will eventually get worse. It starts as ‘mild cognitive impairment’ (MCI): forgetfulness or ‘senior moments”. But as it progresses the symptoms vary depending on the type.

Each type of dementia may affect different parts of the brain and thus result in different symptoms, though the early symptoms of dementia may be mild or increase fairly rapidly depending on a person of type. Many tend to think of dementia as mainly memory loss, but there is quite often a range of early symptoms which can be key indicators.


Memory loss:

Such as struggling to recall a familiar face or name

Confusion:

Such as misplacing personal items, like glasses and medication

Linguistic problems:

Such as pauses in sentences and difficulty finding words

Increase movement:

An uptick in movement around the house

Changes in mood and behaviour:

Such as a loss of interest in hobbies

Dementia facts and stats

850,000

people in the UK living with dementia

Dementia attracts  

7.4%

of the research finding that goes into cancer

A person is diagnosed with dementia every

three minutes

Over 100

different types of dementia

70%

of people in care homes have dementia

Disproportionately

effects women

Dementia live-in care

We understand that with patience, trust and genuine care, we can help those diagnosed with dementia maintain a high quality of life and live comfortably in their own home.

Ensuring your home is dementia friendly

Ensuring your home is dementia friendly

When considering live-in care it’s important to ensure that the home of the care recipient is safe and secure. Does it compensate for any difficulties they are experiencing? Does it keep them safe? Does it support their mobility?

At Edyn as part of our approach we complete a home risk assessment for all of our clients. Our care managers ensure that your home is the best possible setting for care. Small changes can make big differences.

Top dementia care tip:


Covering reflective surfaces, laying plain and consistent flooring and removing bold patterns are all quick wins.

Professional carers trained specifically for dementia:

Professional carers trained specifically for dementia:

Our professional care teams receive on-going training, mentoring and support based on the latest thinking and research that ensure they have the skills to deliver positive dementia care. This includes:

  • Creative activities
  • Monitoring behaviour and cognitive symptoms
  • Active recall of preserving memories
  • Sensory and dental care
  • Maintaining exercise
  • What our customers say:

    What makes Edyn stand out from other agencies we have used for live-in care is the fact that they care - the human touch is there.”

    Sarah Maya
    Mum

    Julie Maya
    Daughter

    Why choose live-in care with Edyn

    proffesional carers

    First class professional carers

    Each one of our carers is trained in house by our care support team.

    Support Teams

    Support teams to manage your care.

    Our dedicated care specialists will handle the progression of your care.

    Technology

    Technology to keep everyone updated

    Each one of our carers is trained in house by our care support team.

    Edyn Care is approved and regulated by the Care Quality commission

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