What is Dementia?
Dementia is a syndrome that is most often associated with memory loss. Memory loss can be caused by stress, tiredness or certain medicines in individual cases. However, memory loss as a symptom of dementia is caused by the ongoing decline of brain function. Unfortunately, there is no cure for dementia just yet, but receiving good care means people with dementia can still live enjoyable, fulfilling lives.
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What is Dementia Care?
Those with dementia can benefit from specialist nursing care beyond regular care due to the challenges the symptoms present in everyday life. Dementia care is provided 24 hours a day, and carers are ready to respond to the specific needs of those with dementia.
Common types of dementia – Alzheimer’s, Vascular, DLB
Different types of dementia can have different types of symptoms.
Alzheimer’s dementia is caused by the brain’s ability to send messages between nerve cells being damaged. It is usually recognisable due to an increased difficulty in learning and a struggle to remember dates and times.
The dying of brain cells due to a lack of blood flow is the cause of vascular dementia. Vascular dementia is often associated with experiencing small strokes. Symptoms of vascular dementia can include memory loss, personality changes and confusion. Unlike other types of dementia, which come about slowly, vascular dementia can develop with some speed.
DLB dementia stands for Dementia with Lewy bodies. This type of dementia can cause hallucinations and impact sleep and mental function. DLB occurs because protein forms inside brain cells where it is not supposed to be. Protein forming in cells responsible for vision, perception, thinking, or muscle movement will affect those functions.
Spotting signs of dementia
Symptoms of dementia can include memory loss, a decline in reasoning skills, language, learning or a personality change. If you or your loved one is over 65 and has seen an increase in memory loss recently, it is worth contacting your GP.
Our approach to dementia care
At the centre of our specialist dementia care is the belief that every resident deserves respect as a unique individual. We pride ourselves on being a residential dementia care home in Surrey that provides consistent care for dementia residents whilst also maximising their ability for independence.
We understand that the experience of moving to a care home can be daunting for the new resident and their family. We always work closely with families to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible for all involved. We tailor our care packages to each individual.