Dementia is a condition that touches the lives of many individuals and their families.
At Willow Grange, we recognise the unique needs associated with this condition and are committed to providing compassionate, personalised care for each of our residents.
When your loved one becomes a part of our dementia nursing home, you can rest assured that they will receive the care they need to live comfortably.
Keep reading to find out more about how dementia can influence a person’s care needs and the specialised support we provide.
What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term for the loss of cognitive functioning. It is not a specific disease but a group of symptoms that can be caused by various disorders, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. Dementia often impacts a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and hampers their decision-making abilities.
Symptoms of dementia can vary, but they typically include memory loss, disorientation, changes in mood and behaviour, and difficulty in communication. Dementia can lead to a gradual loss of independence and the need for specialised care.
How common is dementia?
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there were an estimated 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK in 2019. With the ageing population, this number is projected to increase significantly in the coming years. Dementia affects not only the individuals living with the condition but also their families and caregivers.
How dementia is diagnosed
A diagnosis of dementia can be emotionally challenging for both the individual and their loved ones, but it is a crucial step in determining the appropriate care and support needed.
To start the diagnosis process, your loved one should visit their GP. They will ask some questions and possibly refer your friend or family member to a specialist diagnostician.
There is no single test for dementia. A diagnosis is usually based on several assessments, including mental ability tests and brain scans.
Why does dementia have an impact on daily life?
Dementia’s impact on everyday life is profound, primarily due to the cognitive and functional decline it causes. Individuals living with dementia may struggle with even basic tasks, such as cooking a meal, managing finances, or remembering important appointments.
Communication can become a challenge, leading to frustration and social isolation. The progressive nature of the condition means that these challenges worsen over time, making it increasingly difficult for individuals to live independently. Appropriate care and support are essential to maintain their quality of life.
How can dementia influence a person’s care needs?
Dementia has a significant influence on a person’s care needs, as it affects their ability to perform daily activities and engage with their environment. At Willow Grange, we proudly tailor our care plans for each resident, ensuring that those living with dementia have everything they need to thrive.
Some of the ways dementia can influence a person’s care needs include:
People living with dementia often require round-the-clock care due to their susceptibility to confusion and disorientation.
Our dementia nursing home ensures that knowledgeable and compassionate staff are available at all times to address residents’ needs, whether it’s day or night. This support helps prevent accidents, manage behavioural challenges and provide comfort.
Personalised care plans
Dementia varies from person to person, with every individual experiencing different symptoms and challenges.
Our personalised care plans are tailored to address each resident’s unique needs, focusing on activities they enjoy, dietary requirements and strategies to maintain their cognitive function. Our care plans evolve as the disease progresses, ensuring that our dementia residents receive the most appropriate care.
Daily living support
Basic self-care activities like washing and dressing can become increasingly difficult for individuals with dementia. Our dedicated staff provides assistance to ensure that our residents maintain their personal hygiene and appearance, treating them with dignity.
Trust and familiarity
Creating a sense of trust and familiarity is crucial for residents with dementia. At Willow Grange, we encourage a consistent environment and routines to help residents feel safe and secure. These familiar surroundings can reduce feelings of anxiety and agitation.
Dementia can lead to disorientation and wandering, which can be dangerous for residents. Our nursing home uses secure signage and other safety measures to guide individuals with dementia, preventing them from getting lost. Clear and dementia-friendly signage plays a crucial role in maintaining our residents’ safety.
Short and long-term care
Some residents may require short-term respite care, while others need long-term support. We offer flexible care options to meet the evolving needs of residents at different stages of dementia.
Nursing home activities
Engaging in meaningful activities can enhance the quality of life for residents with dementia. Our nursing home provides a variety of dementia-friendly activities tailored to residents’ interests and abilities. These activities stimulate cognitive function, promote social interaction and improve overall well-being.
Choose Willow Grange
Dementia is a challenging condition that has a profound impact on the lives of those affected by it. At Willow Grange, our mission is to provide the best possible care to individuals living with dementia. Understanding the nature of dementia, how it is diagnosed and the influence it has on care needs is essential for delivering effective and compassionate support.
If you have a loved one living with dementia and are seeking a caring and supportive environment, we invite you to visit our nursing home today. Our experienced staff are ready to provide the care and compassion that your loved one deserves. Call us on 020 8399 8948 to book a visit.