What is Dementia Care and Who is it For?
When someone receives a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, there are a number of ways and settings in which they can receive dementia care. Those living with this diagnosis are affected in a variety of ways, meaning where and how dementia care is given depends entirely on the individual. As a progressive condition, symptoms may get worse as time goes on and therefore care is given depending on the individual’s level of dementia. Dementia care can be provided as in-home care in the individual’s own home, or in a specialist setting like a nursing home or residential care home.
Determining the level of care required by yourself or a loved one and where best to receive it can be really challenging. Low-level dementia and in its early stages can show symptoms such as difficulty in carrying out daily routines, misplacing items, and memory loss. At a more advanced stage, those with dementia may eventually face challenges with personal care, household management, preparing meals, and remembering to attend healthcare appointments.
These symptoms may be an indication that around-the-clock support from professionals is needed. Dementia care homes offer teams of carers and in some cases nurses who are available 24/7 to provide care in a safe and supportive setting. As well as having access to these care services, individuals can also benefit from using onsite facilities, taking part in activities, meeting and living with like-minded people, and having meals and housekeeping all taken care of.