It’s important for the home to adopt a lifestyle suited to the needs of a resident with a dementia. One of dementia’s effects is that logical thinking slowly deteriorates, which means the resident must rely heavily on feelings and emotions.
Bear this in mind when you walk into a home; if you don’t feel at ease then someone with a dementia is unlikely to feel at home there. Individuals with a dementia tend to like to touch and feel things, and if a home is aware of this there will be objects of interest hanging on the walls or placed in the rooms.
Having these items placed around the home sparks conversation and sometimes memories for the residents, and is also an effective calming tool.
- Memory loss
- Personality changes
- Loss of ability to carry out routine tasks
- Mood swings
Dementia is not the only cause of memory loss. Many people have trouble with memory – this does not necessarily mean they have Dementia. There are many different causes of memory loss. If you or a relative is experiencing symptoms of a dementia, it is best to visit a doctor so the cause can be determined.
We advise seeing a GP if you, your family or friends are worried about changes in memory, personality or the lack of ability to carry out routine daily tasks.
We recommend the PayingForCare website www.payingforcare.org for all our clients and relatives.
PayingForCare has been designed to help individuals make more informed decisions about the arrangements and funding for long-term care. The site is equally useful for powers of attorney, family members and friends.
We highly advise that clients and relatives speak to an independent financial adviser, who will be able to advise you on the best options.