Help your loved ones with dementia care

What is dementia?

Dementia is an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

There are many different forms of dementia and each has its own causes. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), Huntington’s disease, Alcohol related dementia (Korsakoff’s syndrome) and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the major cause of dementia and is associated primarily with loss of memory. But, both Alzheimer’s Disease and the other causes of dementia have symptoms that not only involve memory, but also difficulty in recalling words, planning and organizing, and mood swings.

Once diagnosed with dementia – there is no cure. However, there is no shortage of care for clients, their family and their carers.

There are more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia, with this number expected to increase to 400,00 in less than five years. And without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050.

Research has shown the best place for a person with memory loss is in their own home, or in familiar surroundings. We feel safe, secure and most comfortable when we are at home.

At Oxley Home Care, we believe the best approach to dementia care is to support families living with the condition with dignity and unsurpassed care, helping loved ones maintain a high quality of life.

How to recognise early signs of dementia

Most people with dementia are older, but it is important to remember that not all older people get dementia. It is not a normal part of ageing. Dementia can happen to anybody, but it is more common after the age of 65 years.

These ’10 signs of dementia’ were developed by the Alzheimers Association of the USA:

  1. Memory loss which disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

It’s best to visit a doctor for an assessment if you are seeking further information for yourself or for someone you are caring for with dementia.

Early Dementia Diagnosis and Support

On average, symptoms of dementia are noticed by families three years before a firm diagnosis is made. We can help support families who are in the early stages of diagnosis, or who are unsure of what steps to take, especially when it comes to in-home dementia care

Here at Oxley Home Care, we believe it is prudent to undertake Advanced Care Planning during the early stages of diagnosis. This allows the client to be able to make a cognitive decision for their future care.

Oxley Home Care also offers in-home nursing support via Nursing Care Services, if such services are required.  Our Nurses will liaise with your GP, Pharmacist, Allied Health professional or anyone else involved in you or your loved one’s care, to ensure that the best care is received.

For further information on our Dementia Care Services, please call us on 1300 993 991.

Oxley Home Care Dementia Care Services

We provide dementia care to our clients to ensure that a quality of life is experienced in the comfort of their own home. We do this by encouraging independent living through personal and social connections with the community.

We provide an individual and person centred approach to dementia care services, working with our clients to set realistic and achievable goals that meet their unique needs.

Our teams of carefully selected, fully qualified and experienced dementia care workers are here to help you and your loved ones. Our Care Coordinators will organise a free home visit with one of our Care Managers who will develop a dementia care plan or provide you further information or assistance as required.

Our services offer individual care from early stage dementia through to palliative care which provide:

·        A safe and nurturing environment within the client’s home

·        Social interaction and engagement

·        Provide mind-stimulating activities which help with dementia symptoms

·        Personal care and other daily living activities

·        Nutritious meals and advice for healthy living

·        Respite care for the family and primary carer

·        Treat the client with the utmost respect and dignity

·        Follow the “All about me “ tailored personalised care plan.

Services range from one-hour through to 24-hour care.

Oxley Home Care’s Dementia Care Services can be funded by Private Care, Home Care Packages and through DVA Community Nursing or Veteran Home Care.

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