Working within the healthcare sector makes me only just aware of the possibility of dementia. It is something that concerns more and more with family. Having worked with people suffering from dementia and their families I know just how difficult it can be.
So what is dementia? Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of symptoms that may include difficulties with thinking, processing thoughts, problem solving and at times language. This list is not exhaustive though, even during my career as a Nurse so far I have seem a wide range of varying symptoms that patients present with. As I mentioned above dementia is the umbrella term as there are various types of dementia that people can suffer from, these include Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, fronto-temporal dementia, lewy body, cjd and more rarer types which you can read more about here.
Sadly, some people suffering with dementia are unable to live independently at home and need to reside in a care home, this is where Barchester Healthcare steps in. At Barchester they understand the importance of making a home from home environment and a person centred and caring approach. The aim is also on making the living as individual for peoples needs as possible which I think is fantastic.
With dementia week just recently passed it seems an appropriate time to bring awareness to the front of peoples minds and emphasis the importance of these 'home from home' care environments which can truly make a massive difference in not only a dementia sufferers life but their nearest and dearest too.
For more information Barchester Healthcare have put together this handy booklet to help make informed choices with regards to your loved ones health and future when living with dementia.
* Please note this is a collaborative posts but it is truly something I care a great deal about.