The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, as well as changes in mood and behaviour. These changes eventually become severe enough to affect daily life.
There are many types of dementia, which affects each person in very individual ways. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. Care may include managing a person’s anxiety, and helping to preserve their sense of identity and quality of life, and can be provided in a residential or nursing setting.
We see the person behind the dementia
At Caring Homes, we see beyond a person’s dementia to the individual. We get to know each person – their life history, the people and things they love – and help them to continue doing what brings them joy.
Did you know?
It’s thought that around 80% of care home residents are living with some form of dementia or cognitive impairment. There are currently at least 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK – a figure which is expected to rise to over one million by 2025.
Making life meaningful
We believe it’s possible to live well with dementia, and by helping residents to continue to enjoy meaningful, tailored experiences, we can reduce the anxiety and frustration that their condition can cause. All of our team members who deliver dementia care receive our unique dementia training, which is accredited by City and Guilds. The training highlights the importance of meaningful activities and a stimulating environment for people living with dementia, as well as addressing clinical aspects of their care.
Designed for living
Our homes are designed to be dementia-friendly. Elements such as interior decoration, light levels, floor coverings and signage all help to promote a sense of calm and wellbeing, while enabling people living with dementia to find their way around independently and safely.
Dementia brings with it a range of challenges, including impaired hearing and sight as well as suppressed appetite. With poor hydration and nutrition linked to confusion, an increased risk of falls, and general health issues, it’s vital that each resident gets the nutrition and fluids they need.
We regularly review each resident’s hydration, nutrition and oral health and work closely with specialist dietetic and speech and language professionals to ensure each person receives the tailored care they need.
Meal times are always relaxed at Caring Homes, with minimal distractions. Our team members chat to residents, encouraging them to eat more and providing any support they need. People with dementia often prefer to walk around than to sit, so we provide finger foods – as well as fortified foods and drinks – to ensure they get the right nutrition.
Caring Homes teams often share their expertise, advice and support with local families and businesses to help reduce the stigma and myths surrounding dementia. This ranges from advocacy services and support groups, to activity clubs and respite days and our unique simulated dementia experience workshops.