Dementia care extends beyond medical understanding; it requires a holistic perspective that encompasses physical, emotional, and social aspects.
We aim to empower individuals, caregivers, and healthcare professionals with knowledge that can enhance the quality of life for those navigating this for the first time.
The Stages Of Dementia
Early stage dementia symptoms can be subtle and difficult to notice, but they can have a significant impact on a person’s daily life. some of the most common early symptoms include:
- Memory loss: This is often the most noticeable symptom of dementia, and it can involve forgetting recent events, conversations, or names.
- Difficulty concentrating: People with dementia may have trouble paying attention to tasks or following conversations
- Problems with language: They may have difficulty finding the right words, or they may repeat themselves frequently.
- Disorientation: They may become lost in familiar places, or they may have trouble understanding where they are or what day it is.
- Poor judgement: They may make impulsive or unwise decisions.
- Personality or behaviour changes: They may become more withdrawn, irritable, or anxious.
To help, families and caregivers can do things like fun memory activities during this phase. Caregivers and families play a crucial role by incorporating cognitive stimulation activities such as puzzles, memory games, and engaging conversations. Facilitating social opportunities, such as group activities or outings, not only maintains a sense of normality but also preserves interpersonal connections.
Simultaneously, ensuring emotional support through avenues like support groups, counselling, or open family communication can be integral to supporting someone. Embracing a comprehensive approach in the early stages significantly contributes to the wellbeing and quality of life for those navigating dementia care.
The Importance Of Person-Centred Care
Person-centred care is essential for people with dementia, as it recognises their individuality and dignity. This approach tailors care to the individual’s specific needs, preferences, and history – fostering a sense of identity and self-worth.
By placing the person at the centre of their care, it goes beyond merely addressing symptoms to understanding the individual’s background, values and aspirations. This enhances the quality of life for people with dementia and contributes to a more supportive and empathetic environment.
Person-centred care also empowers individuals, honours their autonomy, and creates a therapeutic relationship between caregivers and those they support. It reinforces the fundamental principle that every person, regardless of the challenges posed by dementia, deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
With a commitment to holistic, person-centred care, Manor House’s dedicated in-house team of carers understands the challenges posed by dementia and provides tailored support that goes beyond conventional care. We prioritise the needs, preferences, and personal history of each individual, creating a nurturing environment where dignity, respect, and quality of life take centre stage.
Contact Manor House today to begin a journey that prioritises the well-being and individuality of your loved ones, offering a home where compassionate care and specialised mental health nursing come together to create a brighter, more supportive future.