Exceptional care at home
Dementia care requires people who are naturals, intuitive, emotionally intelligent, flexible and aware of what matters most in life.
At Audley, we recruit sensitive, feelings based people in order to help you or your loved one to live well with dementia in your own home. We believe that dementia care is about you living well and not about you being defined by your illness. We want you to have control of your life choices and we will support you to make this happen. With us, dementia care starts with building a profile and finding out as much as possible about you, your life history, likes, dislikes and values. Once the information is gathered, we'll work together to build daily routines that suit you.
Everything we provide is designed to enrich your life in your own home. Our staff members are carefully selected and skilled in supporting and providing services for people with all forms of dementia, including mobility, memory, hearing and speech problems, dizziness, tremors, pain or fatigue. Apart from dementia care, our assistant can help you with personal care, administration of medications, washing, dressing, shopping, walks and other more general everyday activities.
Rest assured, any visiting Audley carer will be sensitive to who are you and what you like or dislike.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a group of symptoms that are associated with a decline in cognitive function, including memory loss, difficulty with language, disorientation, mood swings, and a decline in problem-solving and judgment abilities. It is a progressive condition, meaning it worsens over time, and can affect a person's ability to live independently.
There are many different types of dementia, but the most common is Alzheimer's disease. Other types of dementia include vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and mixed dementia. Each type of dementia affects the brain differently and has its own unique symptoms and progression. To delay its progression a timely diagnosis and appropriate support service is paramount.
The exact causes of dementia are not yet fully understood, but a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors are believed to play a role. Age is the biggest risk factor for developing dementia, but other factors such as head injury, high blood pressure, and lifestyle factors like smoking and physical inactivity may also increase the risk.
There is currently no cure for dementia, but there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. These may include medications to manage specific symptoms, such as memory loss or depression, as well as therapies to help maintain cognitive function and activities of daily living. It is also important for individuals with dementia and their caregivers to receive support and resources to help cope with the condition.
If you would like to discuss the ways we can help you or a loved one, please call or email us today. We are happy to visit you in the comfort of your own home if you find it easier to speak to someone face to face.
We understand your needs can change over time, so should you ever need us, rest assured that our highly trained care assistants have the expertise to tailor your care to you.
Audley Care is proud to be part of the Global Network of Dementia Interpreter, a network committed to reconnecting families by helping them learn the #languageofdementia and ensuring that the person's voice is always heard.
Watch the video or visit Dementia Dictionary online for more about this network.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How can I check if I have dementia?
If you are concerned that you may have dementia, the best way to determine if you have the condition is to see a doctor or healthcare professional. They will be able to perform a comprehensive evaluation and may order tests to help diagnose or rule out dementia. During the evaluation, the doctor will likely ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history, perform a physical examination, and assess your cognitive function. They may also order tests such as blood tests, brain scans, or neuropsychological tests to help diagnose or rule out dementia.
If you are experiencing symptoms of memory loss, disorientation, or a decline in cognitive function, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve quality of life and may slow the progression of the condition. Keep in mind that there are many conditions that can cause symptoms similar to dementia, and that only a doctor can make a definitive diagnosis.
Find out more about how is dementia diagnosed.
Is Dementia the same as Alzheimer's?
No, dementia is not the same as Alzheimer's. Dementia is a broad term used to describe a decline in cognitive function, while Alzheimer's disease is a specific type of dementia. It is important to see a doctor or healthcare professional for a comprehensive evaluation to determine the type and cause of dementia.
To read about dementia symptoms please visit the NHS website or for details about getting a diagnosis, reducing the risk or how to access support for all types of dementia (not just Alzheimer's disease), visit the Alzheimers Society website.