Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but there are other types of dementia. It is possible to have more than one type of dementia at the same time. Alzheimer’s is sometimes seen with vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies. You might hear this called ‘mixed dementia’.
Dementia is not a disease in itself. Dementia is a word used to describe a group of symptoms that occur when the brain cells stop working properly.
This happens inside specific areas of the brain, which can affect how you think, remember and communicate. Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of conditions which include:
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing, but the risks of developing dementia do increase with age.
Symptoms can vary depending on the individual. Typical symptoms can include short term memory loss, confusion, difficulty in finding the correct word, changes in judgement and understanding, difficulties with organising and planning skills.
However, many people with dementia can retain a range of strengths. With sensitivity, trusting relationships, a thorough understanding of the person in a friendly, relaxed environment, their abilities can be supported.
Moving into full time care can be a very difficult decision to make for a resident and their families. You must be confident that the care home you choose has the desired facilities, skills and approach to support the resident with dementia and support their families.
Westacre’s approach to dementia care is person-centred. We actively encourage families to be involved with the care we give and provide us with as much information as possible about the resident. After all, who better to ask?
Using a ‘this is me’ booklet, we build a lifestyle profile and have a full picture of the resident’s likes, dislikes, interests and hobbies, thus enabling us to support residents to continue doing whatever they like.
The staff at Westacre receive ongoing training to ensure they have the necessary communication and observation skills to enable them to deliver the best care possible.
At Westacre, we also recognise that the families of residents with dementia may also need support. It can be a very difficult time for families and we want to help you as much as we possibly can. We work to gain your trust, giving you confidence that your relative will be cared for in a safe, friendly and homely environment.
Alzheimer’s Society – What is Dementia https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/about-dementia/types-dementia/what-dementia
The BMJ – Dementia: timely diagnosis and early intervention https://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h3029
Alzheimer’s Disease International – Help for care partners of people with dementia PDFContact Westacre