Dementia is caused when the brain is injured or damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s or a series of strokes. People with dementia often have symptoms such as memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.
At Absolute Healthcare we recognise that there are many different types of dementia. It is often the case that people with dementia have a combination of a few of the different types. This is why we always assess each person individually and put together a care plan that provides the right level of support and encourages you to be independent in your home. Emotional support is often just as important as the physical or medical support you receive and so our carer’s are always on hand to put the kettle on and listen.
This is the most common cause of dementia.
There are some common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, but we know it’s important to remember that everyone is unique. Two people with Alzheimer's are unlikely to experience the condition in exactly the same way.
For most people with Alzheimer's, the earliest symptoms are memory lapses. In particular, they may have difficulty recalling recent events and learning new information. Memory for life events that happened a long time ago can often remain unaffected.
As we fully understand the condition, we know that maintaining daily routines, keeping faces and places familiar, are all really important to enable the people we are trusted to care for stay safe.
How vascular dementia affects people varies depending on the cause and from person to person. Symptoms may develop suddenly, for example after a stroke, or more gradually, such as with small vessel disease.
Most people with vascular dementia struggle with planning or organising. They might have difficulties in following a series of simple steps, like cooking a meal. Generally they may have a slower speed of thought and have short bursts of sudden confusion.
We know that people with vascular dementia often require emotional support as they are all too aware of the difficulties their condition is causing. This is why it is so important that we tailor each care plan to suit each person and are always on hand to offer emotional support.