What you need to know about dementia care
Dementia is the term used to describe a group of symptoms caused by damage to the brain, with common conditions that cause dementia including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. It’s an issue that primarily affects older people, causing symptoms such as memory loss, difficulties maintaining thoughts, and emotional distress caused by confusion.
When someone has dementia, they typically require support in their daily lives. Regular tasks such as looking after personal care needs, cleaning, and shopping can all be challenging for people with dementia, and as the symptoms progress it’s often necessary for a carer to begin providing support where it’s required.
A specialist dementia carer or dementia nurse is a qualified professional who’s trained specifically in providing this support. They’ll be experienced in caring for people with dementia and will be equipped with knowledge and techniques that help them to make their patients’ lives easier and more comfortable.
A dementia nurse can typically take on a broad range of responsibilities in their role, including preparing food, looking after the household, providing mobility support, delivering personal care, and setting routines.
Depending on the severity of the dementia symptoms and the care requirements of their patient, dementia carers can provide this support through anything from regular visits to around-the-clock care. They’re flexible to specific needs and can also work in conjunction with other members of a care team, including overnight carers and respite carers.
If you’re looking for a carer or specialist nurse to support a loved one with dementia, search for suitable professionals in your area with My Health Assistant.