How care at home can support
Dementia & Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.  During the course of the disease the chemistry and structure of the brain change, leading to the death of brain cells with problems of short-term memory usually being the first noticeable sign.  Sadly, dementia is on the increase but so too is the realisation that empowerment and the maintenance of a person’s individuality can slow the progress of the onset of dementia.  Arranging care in the home of the person with dementia has a number of advantages – for example, the person may find it reassuring to remain in familiar surroundings.

Routine and familiarity are two important factors for someone with the on-going symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease so a carer that adheres to the sufferer’s routines means that there is less possibility of them forgetting important things or getting confused.  At Guardian Angel Carers, our services will help the individual retain the ability to wash, dress, remain mobile and undertake small tasks, and, importantly, continue to socially interact.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are debilitating diseases that involve memory loss, difficulty with speech and understanding, and loss of confidence.  There will be changes in behaviour and responses that can get increasingly emotional with periods of mental confusion, movement problems and apathy so as well as taking all of this into consideration, the carer will be aware of their likes and dislikes plus any dietary, religious or cultural practices that should be respected, and clear instructions about the running of the home including which keys lock which doors, and important phone numbers.

Alzheimer’s can bring many challenges to everyone involved – family, friends, neighbours even – and all these people need a rest when caring for someone with dementia, so we continually develop and add to our wide range of services and provide valuable information for those around.

Some useful resources:

Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia UK

Dementia Support Groups

Age UK – getting care and support