Dementia in care homes
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Dementia in care homes




Many people suffering with dementia prefer to retain their independence for as long as possible and rely on support available within the community in order to do so. Whilst this is effective, in some instances the individual may benefit from the services and support offered by care homes. As dementia worsens, patients often find their ability to function safely and effectively on a day-to-day basis is limited and that additional support is required. By accessing the appropriate services and locating the right care home, individuals can often reduce the severity of the symptoms of dementia and even regain skills and abilities.


Care homes which offer specialised care for people with dementia are aware of the issues which individuals may face and are well equipped to provide the appropriate support, both emotionally and physically. In addition to providing the latest therapies and techniques to assist with symptom management, care home staff can help to maintain contact with the individual's medical team to ensure they are receiving the appropriate medical treatment. Often the day-to-day requirements of living independently can place a significant burden on people dealing with dementia and care homes can help relieve this burden whilst enabling the individual to remain as independent as possible. By providing a safe and nurturing environment, many people find that rather than worsening, their skills actually increase whilst residing in a care a home.


Making the transition from independent living into a care home can be a daunting prospect but support and information is available to ease the process. Many care homes offer activities for visitors who wish to access the facilities of the home prior to living there. For example, many people attend care home activities while living independently prior to residing in the home full time. This can reduce the concern about transitioning into a care home and ensure the individual is familiar with the home and the staff before moving in.


In many instances, care homes enable residents to decorate their room or suite as they choose. In addition to providing a more homily environment, this enables residents to access sensory stimulation and increases memory recall. Although memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, care home staff are often trained in the latest specialised techniques to reduce the rate of memory loss and increase recall abilities. In addition to this, staff are aware of other prevalent symptoms residents may face and are equipped to offer the appropriate support and assistance.


The support available within care homes for people dealing with dementia can greatly improve their quality of life and increase their ability to function independently within the care home environment. By providing specialised care and tailoring regimes and treatments to the resident, care staff can offer unique and responsive treatment for all individuals. The treatment and support available within a care home environment often enables residents to increase their skills and abilities within a safe and secure environment and enables residents to increase their overall quality of life.


If you would like more information on how care homes can support a loved one with dementia Hallmark can help. They offer care home in Pontypridd, and other areas across England and Wales.






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