Regional Winner of the Dementia Carer Award (Great British Care Awards 2018)
Dementia is an illness that stops a persons brain from working properly. Dementia covers a whole raft of symptoms – confusion, memory loss, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. The person diagnosed may not seem like the person they used to be.
A diagnosis of dementia can be extremely frightening for the person who receives the diagnosis, and for the family involved. How will the person cope? How will it effect everything? How can we cope? First thoughts are often that they cannot be cared for at home, and this is especially distressing for couples. In most situations, this is not the case.
A support companion from Eximius can allow people living with dementia to remain in their own homes, within the surroundings they know best. Following past daily routines, adhering to medication requirements, and ensuring the client is drinking and eating properly, are extremely important to everyone’s wellbeing.
Eximius support companions can take away the pressure and use their extensive training and experience to ensure a calm and happy home for everyone living there. We understand that people with dementia need continuity and so strive to identify a long-term companion who will stay with our clients building trust and routine.
Most people with dementia will have one of the following forms:
Alzheimer’s disease: The most common cause of dementia, affecting around 2/3s of those diagnosed. Alzheimer’s disease becomes more common with ageing but is not a normal part of ageing. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses more and more nerve cells in the brain become damaged, increasing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Vascular dementia: This is the second most common form of dementia and occurs when blood vessels in the brain are damaged. This reduces blood flow to brain cells which effects how they work. A milder form can occur and is called vascular cognitive impairment.
Lewy bodies: Dementia with Lewy bodies is the third most common type of dementia. This is caused by clumps of protein that build up inside the nerve cells in the brain and damage the way the nerve cells work and communicate. These Lewy bodies (clumps) are also responsible for the damage that causes movement problems in Parkinson’s disease.
Other types include frontotemporal dementia, posterior cortical atrophy and primary progressive aphasia. More information on all types of dementia can be found at www.alzheimersreserchuk.org.