dementia care

Dementia Care Home

Specialist carers in a dementia-friendly environment, so you know your loved one is in safe hands.

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A relative sitting with their loved one with dementia in our care home

what is dementia care?

Nearly 600 people develop dementia every day, according to Alzheimer’s Research UK. Whilst the common symptoms include memory loss, confusion and mood swings, the way dementia presents itself varies from individual to individual. This can often make caring for a loved one with dementia an incredibly difficult and sometimes lonely experience.

We understand these difficulties and are here to help you every step of the way – let us take away the stress of your loved one’s care so you can treasure the happy times.

Caregiver respite care

when is dementia care needed?

It can sometimes be hard to tell when a loved one is experiencing the early signs of dementia, and finding the right care early on will help with the management of the illness.

Our friendly carers will meet with you and your loved one to assess their care needs, following which we will offer advice about how we may be able to help, which may involve support in one of our homes on a respite or more permanent basis. Our advice and support does not stop there, and we will be there every step of the way.

what are the benefits of dementia care?

As well as the obvious support to those caring for loved ones, there are multiple benefits to finding specialist care for those living with dementia:

  • Access to professional care - Specialist carers understand that dementia manifests itself in different ways for each individual and are able to adapt their care to fit in with their needs at any given moment.
  • Fall prevention - People living with dementia are often prone to trips and falls.  With 24/7 care, we are here when residents need us.
  • Activities and wellbeing - Keeping active is an important part of managing dementia.  We have daily activities to keep residents busy, benefiting mental and physical health and giving residents the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.
  • Peace of mind - We understand how difficult it is to care for a loved one living with dementia, so you can rest easy knowing that they’re in safe ands and being well looked after.
Joan spends some time chatting with her carer at Monson Care Home in Lincoln

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Care Home North West & East Midlands

High-quality residential and dementia care in beautiful surroundings. Each of our homes is individual, but all share the same objective – to offer families and residents peace of mind, security and to help you live life as you want it.

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FAQs

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a group of progressive neurological disorders that affect cognitive function, memory, behaviour, and the ability to perform daily activities. It is not a specific disease but rather a syndrome characterised by a decline in cognitive abilities that interfere with a person’s daily life. 

Dementia is often associated with ageing, but it is not a normal part of the ageing process. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for the majority of cases. However, there are other forms of dementia, including vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and others. 

Symptoms of dementia may include memory loss, difficulty with language and communication, impaired judgment, confusion, personality changes, disorientation, and problems with reasoning and problem-solving. As the condition progresses, individuals may also experience difficulties with motor functions and require assistance with activities of daily living. 

Diagnosing dementia involves a comprehensive evaluation by healthcare professionals to assess cognitive function, rule out other possible causes of symptoms, and determine the underlying cause of cognitive decline. The diagnostic process may include: 

  • Medical History and Physical Examination 
  • Cognitive and Neuropsychological Testing 
  • Laboratory Tests 
  • Brain Imaging 
  • Additional Diagnostic Tests 
  • Evaluation of Functional Abilities 

While there is no cure for most types of dementia, there are medications available that can help manage symptoms and slow down the progression of certain types of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important to note that medication effectiveness may vary among individuals, and not all types of dementia have specific approved treatments. Common medications used in the treatment of dementia include: 

  • Cholinesterase Inhibitors 
  • NMDA Receptor Antagonist 
  • Combination Therapy 

Dementia is a complex condition influenced by various factors. While some risk factors cannot be modified, others can be addressed or managed to reduce the risk of developing dementia. Here are some common risk factors associated with dementia:

  1. Age: Advancing age is the most significant risk factor for dementia. The likelihood of developing dementia increases significantly after the age of 65, and the risk further rises with each decade of life. 
  2. Family History and Genetics: Having a family history of dementia, especially in first-degree relatives (such as parents or siblings), increases the risk of developing the condition. Certain genes, such as the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene, have been linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. 
  3. Down Syndrome: Individuals with Down syndrome have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease at a younger age compared to the general population. 
  4. Cardiovascular Health: Conditions that affect cardiovascular health, such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes, can increase the risk of developing vascular dementia. These conditions may contribute to reduced blood flow to the brain, leading to cognitive impairment. 
  5. Lifestyle Factors: Certain lifestyle factors can influence the risk of developing dementia. These include: 
    • Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of regular physical exercise may increase the risk. 
    • Smoking: Tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke have been linked to an increased risk of dementia. 
    • Poor diet: Unhealthy dietary patterns, high in saturated fats, sugars, and processed foods, may contribute to an increased risk. 
    • Excessive alcohol consumption: Heavy and prolonged alcohol use can damage brain cells and increase the risk of certain types of dementia. 
  6. Traumatic Brain Injury: Severe head injuries, such as those resulting from accidents or sports-related concussions, have been associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, particularly in later life. 
  7. Depression and Isolation: Chronic depression and social isolation have been identified as potential risk factors for dementia. Maintaining good mental health and social connections may help reduce the risk. 

While there is currently no known way to prevent or cure most types of dementia, there are strategies that may help reduce the risk of developing dementia or slow down its progression: 

  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Adopting a healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on brain health.  
  • Cardiovascular Health: Managing cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, is important as these conditions can impact brain health.  
  • Social Engagement: Maintaining social connections and engaging in social activities has been associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline.
  • Cognitive Stimulation: Challenging the brain with mentally stimulating activities can help maintain cognitive function. 
  • Management of Other Health Conditions: Effectively managing other health conditions, such as depression, diabetes, obesity, and sleep apnea, may help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. 

Dementia is a progressive condition that typically advances through several stages as cognitive function declines. The specific stages and their names may vary depending on the classification system used, however, here is a general overview of the commonly recognised stages: 

Stage 1: Preclinical/Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI):

In this stage, individuals may experience subtle changes in cognitive function, but the symptoms are not severe enough to interfere significantly with daily activities or independence. Memory lapses, mild forgetfulness, and difficulties with concentration may be present. Some individuals with mild cognitive impairment may not progress to dementia.  

Stage 2: Mild Dementia/Early Stage:

In this stage, mild cognitive decline becomes more noticeable. Symptoms may include memory loss, confusion, difficulty finding words, challenges with problem-solving, and decreased concentration. Individuals may experience difficulties with tasks that were once routine or familiar. However, they can still perform many activities of daily living independently and may require minimal assistance. 

Stage 3: Moderate Dementia/Middle Stage: 

The middle stage is often the longest and can be the most challenging for individuals and their caregivers. Cognitive decline worsens, and individuals require increased assistance with daily activities. Memory loss becomes more pronounced, and individuals may have difficulty recognising familiar people and places. Communication may be impaired, and behavioural and psychological symptoms may emerge, such as agitation, aggression, or wandering. 

Stage 4: Severe Dementia/Late Stage: 

In the late stage, individuals experience a severe decline in cognitive function and physical abilities. They may lose the ability to speak, recognise loved ones, or perform basic tasks independently. Assistance with all aspects of daily care, including eating, dressing, toileting, and mobility, is required. Individuals in this stage are highly dependent on others for their care.