Dementia is one of the most important issues we face as the global population ages. There are estimated to be over 35 million people living with dementia worldwide, including 850,000 in the UK – this is expected to rise to over one million by 2021.
Dementia can affect a person at any age but it is more commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 65 years.
Dementia is an umbrella term used for a number of progressive conditions associated with an ongoing decline in brain functioning. Dementia damages the nerve cells in the brain so that messages cannot be sent from and to the brain effectively, which prevents the body from functioning normally.
There many different causes of dementia and over 200 subtypes, the five most common are: Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, Frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia.
Regardless of which type of dementia is diagnosed each person will experience dementia in their own unique way. Here are some of the challenges the person may face as their dementia progresses:
All of these changes can affect the person’s ability to manage many of the activities of daily living and maintain safety.
Although there is no cure for Dementia at present, early diagnosis and treatment can slow disease progression and maintain mental function through the dementia journey. With treatment, support and a suitable environment many people are able to live an active and fulfilled life.
The decision to seek respite or full time care is difficult for the person and their families. Any move for a person with dementia can be traumatic; having confidence in the care home you choose is vital and can lessen the transition with the right support. When looking into the variety of local care homes for dementia patients Westacre Nursing Home is very aware that your expectation is that the care for your loved one must be ‘just right’.
Westacre is a family owned nursing home set in extensive grounds near to the City centre. Westacre is a safe, friendly and homely environment that has been designed and refurbished to a very high standard. At Westacre residents and their guests can enjoy a wide variety of delicious and nutritious home cooked meals. They can take part in daily activities if they wish and can enjoy first class live musical entertainment and local outings. Or, they may wish to spend time with their loved one in our well stocked library, bright and airy conservatory or tastefully decorated lounges. Getting to know the home is also an experience in itself as the rooms and corridors all display beautiful and captivating paintings.
The care we give at Westacre is person-centred and tailored to meet the needs and wishes of every unique individual. We provide care and support with the individuals identified needs and encourage the person to retain their strengths for as long as they are able to do so. We also actively encourage families and significant others to be involved in planning the right care for their loved one. Using the ‘This is Me’ lifestyle profile we build a picture of the residents likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, wishes and expectations.
A high quality life is provided at Westacre by a staff team who are experienced and well trained in all aspects of care. An established and committed team provide care and support with kindness and sensitivity in a welcoming family setting that is dedicated to ‘getting it just right’.
Written by Diana Hearn Registered Manager, RN, BSc Honors, Msc Dementia Care