For someone who is living with dementia, a change of environment and routine can be very overwhelming and daunting. This is why more and more people are turning to homecare for a loved one who is suffering with dementia rather than residential care. This means that your family member or close friend can stay in a place that they know and love.
As one of the top dementia home care providers in Australia, we have a country-wide team of experienced specialists who can support people that are living with dementia so that they can have a happy and independent life. If you are looking for dementia care Brisbane area, we can provide you with the service that you need. We have an outstanding reputation in the industry because we understand the needs of people suffering from dementia. We believe that living in your own home supplies a better environment for maintaining quality-of-life, and we are here to provide dementia care services Brisbane to make sure that this is the case.
We are currently helping people every day, across all of Brisbane and Australia, helping them with all of the different challenges that come with memory loss and dementia. One thing that we certainly recognise is that everyone’s struggle with dementia is different. This is because there are hundreds of different strains of this condition, which can sometimes be debilitating, and there are also various stages too. With our experienced dementia carers and specialists, you can be certain that you will have the assistance of someone who completely understands what you or your loved one is going through.
Dementia is caused by damage to the brain. It tends to impact the brain cortex, which is the ‘thinking part’ of the brain. Over time, damage gets worse and worse and this makes the symptoms more challenging. However, as mentioned, every person is different and so the symptoms will progress at different rates for each individual that is suffering with dementia. Some of the most common symptoms include difficulty carrying out everyday activities, communication problems, and memory issues. At the moment, there is sadly no cure for dementia. However, our dementia care team are dedicated to helping you and your family to live an independent and happy life together, safe in the knowledge that your loved one is getting all of the support that they need.
Types of dementia
There are over 100 different kinds of dementia. The most common is Alzheimer’s. Over 60% of individuals suffering with dementia will have Alzheimer’s. However, it is important to note that different forms of dementia will impact different parts of the brain. Because each part of the brain has a different function or job, for example, dealing with memory or dealing with speech, symptoms can differ depending on the kind of dementia that the person is experiencing. For example, someone experiencing Alzheimer’s may have trouble making sense of time, place, and orientation. However, someone that has Lewy body dementia, can quickly become disorientated and confused. This results in them needing regular reassurance and is not uncommon for them to become aggressive because of this. This shows how caring for dementia differs from person-to-person.
The seven stages of dementia
It is important to realise that there are seven stages of dementia. As someone progresses through these stages, it becomes incredibly difficult for them to care for themselves and this is where we come in. So, let’s take a look at the seven stages of dementia in further detail to give you a better understanding.
- The first stage is when the person appears normal and they can cover any lapses that they are experiencing.
- The second stage is when the individual forgets about certain things but apart from this, they can function as normal.
- The third stage is when the person experiences difficulties at their workplace. This is a stage whereby family members usually start to become aware of their deterioration. It is not uncommon for the person to become anxious as well.
- The fourth stage of dementia is when the individual is not able to manage their own affairs any more. They may find travelling difficult and they will have reduced ability to count.
- The fifth stage is when the individual needs help getting ready.
- The six stage is when the person suffering from dementia is disorientated, and needs help eating and using the toilet. They may have become incontinent. It is also possible for people to forget the identity of others at this stage.
- The seventh stage of dementia is the worst stage of them all. This is when the individual has total disorientation. You can also expect incontinence, motor stiffness, and severe loss of speech. The person will also need to be fed their meals.
Because dementia causes damage to the brain, this is why a lot of people suffering from this condition can forget about recent memories. It is not uncommon for people to feel like they were the person they used to be 20 years ago because they start to believe times of the past. They may not understand concepts that seem normal to us and they could have difficulties understanding the modern world that we live in today. Modern behaviour, slang, and appliances may confuse them. For someone living with dementia, this can be embarrassing, frightening, and confusing. The may no longer be able to recognise people, even their closest family members. This can also be incredibly difficult for the family to deal with and we are here to help you through all of this with our dementia home care service. By having a consistent dementia carer who visits your loved one daily, you will have someone to supply you and your family with the support that is needed.
While it can be tempting to ask the person suffering from dementia whether they remember certain memories, it is a good idea to avoid doing this because you may cause them to get upset and embarrassed if they cannot remember the memories that you are talking about. Don’t try to bring them to the present. This can only cause more frustration, confusion, and distress. The best thing to do is to help the person live well in the time that they believe they are living in.
Dementia carers Brisbane
Dementia care Australia wide is all about helping yourself, family member, or a friend to have the support that they need so that they can carry on living in the comfort of their own home. Our experienced dementia carers Brisbane area always work to a routine that you and your family are comfortable with. It is our goal to ensure that the person that is suffering from dementia is able to maintain as much independence as possible. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care and to ensuring that you and your family feel at ease and have the support that you need.
It does not matter whether you need consistent day and night care or you are simply looking for a dementia carer Brisbane based to check in on your loved one first thing in the morning, we will be able to accommodate our dementia care at home to suit your needs. Perhaps, you are unsure of what your loved one needs in terms of professional care? There is no need to worry. All you need to do is give us a call and we will be able to advise you on what we think is going to be the best solution for your loved one.
The service that we provide enables us to assist with areas such as…
– Tending to household tasks and preparing meals
– Facilitating social interaction, activities, and hobbies
– Helping with mobility
– Medication support
One thing that we fully respect is that every person has different personalities, different needs, and different feelings. Even when a person develops dementia, we know that this does not stop them from having specific needs, for example, some people may need to be talked to and engaged with whereas others may require a higher level of privacy. No matter what applies to your loved one, we will ensure that their wants and wishes are respected, so that they can live a happy life.
Encouraging good health
The longer a person is able to stay healthy and fit for, the better quality-of-life they are going to have. One of the important things that we do is encourage good health, and we can also educate family members on ensuring that this is the case too. After all, if someone does not have a healthy diet, they are going to be more susceptible to illnesses and this can increase the symptoms that are associated with dementia, as well as causing further agitation and confusion. However, what makes this difficult is that it is not uncommon for some people suffering from dementia to refuse meals or to lose their appetite completely. There are a number of different reasons why this can happen. One reason could simply be because they have forgotten the foods they like or it could be because they are living in the past and sell their food preferences have changed. Other reasons for refusing food include the fact that they are not burning as much energy now and so they may simply not be hungry, they may not like the way food looks, they may no longer recognise the food, or they may be feeling ill. We will help you to ensure that your loved one gets all of the nutrients and good stuff that they need to promote a healthy lifestyle.
It is also a good idea to try some easy exercises with your friend or family member if they have not been very active recently. There are a number of gentle exercises that can be performed from a chair in order to increase activity and improve mobility. For example, this includes hip marching, which involves holding onto the chair’s sides, and lifting one leg up – just to a level that is comfortable, with the knee kept bent. You could do five of these lifts for each leg. Of course, one of our carers will be more than happy to talk you through the different exercises that your loved one can do from his or her chair in order to remain active.
Facilitating interests and hobbies
Just because someone has been diagnosed with dementia does not mean that they will automatically lose all of their interest in hobbies. Nevertheless, they may need some help with facilitating these. It is important to allow your loved one to still engage in their interest, as this will bring a lot of happiness and pleasure, as well as mental stimulation. Our carers can help to make sure that your friend or family member can still do some of the things that they love so much.
Contact dementia caring today
If you would like more information about the dementia care services that we provide in Brisbane, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for more information. We would be more than happy to answer any of the queries that you may have about using our services. Because we only provide care for those suffering from dementia, you can be confident that you are going to benefit from the highest level of care possible. We know just how difficult it can be for the person suffering from dementia and for their family members too. We are here to take some of this weight off your shoulders so that you can have a happy life together as a family.