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Dementia Care

Every care home in the UK will have residents who have some form of Dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia and other cognitive disorders. But knowledge of the condition isn’t the only challenge, we feel that understanding the resident on an individual level is just as crucial to their wellbeing.

Our Dementia Care & Ethos

Moving into a care home can be daunting even for someone with full capacity, but when you’re facing the move whilst battling disorientation, and other impairments associated with Dementia, these feelings can be intensified. At the Athena Healthcare Group, we have a person-centred approach, getting to know the resident and making sure they’re orientated to the space.

Leveraging our facilities and expertise, our dedicated dementia units are well equipped to support people with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia.

Our purpose-built care homes have been intelligently designed, making use of layout and décor to decrease disorientation, ensuring residents feel safe and secure in their home.

We also offer daily meaningful activities, tailored for those living with a dementia. We’re committed to enabling our residents to lead fulfilling lives in a positive and enriching environment.

Furthermore, we’re committed to using the latest techniques and best practices to make the lives of our residents better. For example, in many of our lodges we have a resident music therapist. Music therapy has been shown to increase brain activity in dementia sufferers – thought to be due to a momentary increase in brain cell connectivity.


What is Dementia?

Whilst there are many forms of dementia, no two people experience the same dementia in the same way. The Alzheimer’s society have produced this helpful quick explanation, ‘What is dementia?’:

What are the Symptoms of Dementia?

The Symptoms of Dementia typically relate to:

Common Symptoms of Dementia

Day-to-Day Memory

For example, difficulty recalling events that happened recently

Concentrating, Planning or Organising

For example, difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (such as cooking a meal)

Communicating & Language

For example, difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something

Visuospatial Skills

For example, problems judging distances (such as on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions

Orientation

For example, losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are

Sudden Changes in Behaviour and/or Mood

For example, the individual may become frustrated or irritable, apathetic or withdrawn, anxious, easily upset or unusually sad.



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