Dementia is a progressive condition that, over time, will affect different parts of the brain. This leads to declining cognitive function. Issues with mobility and problems with memory recall can also occur. This means that whilst during the early stages of a dementia diagnosis, an individual may be able to live independently, there may come a time where they need a Live in Care Gloucester company such as takefivehomecare.co.uk/homecare/homecare-gloucester to support them.
Some of the areas that an individual may need more support with can include:
- Memory – once the disease has progressed, the individual may have significant cognitive decline, and with this can come severe memory loss. This means that it is important for them to be spoken to gently and simply. They may also not recognise members of their family, which can be difficult for everyone involved. With kindness and compassion, a memory box can be created that can help them to identify people more easily.
- Communication – speech can often be affected in the latter stages of dementia, and a care worker may use other methods of communication with the individual, such as images and photographs. Gestures and body language will also often be used by an individual who has difficulty communicating verbally.
- Mobility – in some cases, people lose their mobility altogether, and so it becomes important to regularly move them and ensure that they are as comfortable as they can be. This may also mean regularly checking them for ulcers and sores that can appear with a lack of movement.