We get to know each resident’s past and their present to create a Care Plan as individual as they are. We consider your loved one’s care needs whilst respecting preferences, lifestyle, interests and routines.

Another crucial element of dementia care is providing a familiar, safe environment that eradicates frustrations and puts you at ease. Encore homes are purpose-built to be dementia-friendly from every aspect – from the layout of the building to sensitive décor and interior design.

What is Dementia?

Dementia occurs when the brain is affected by a disease. It isn’t a natural part of ageing, however, the chance of developing dementia increases significantly with age. There are more than 100 known causes of dementia. The most commonly known types are Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
    Irregular material called ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’ builds up inside the brain. This interrupts how nerve cells work and connect with each other, causing the affected nerve cells to eventually die. Alzheimer’s disease also causes a reduction of some important chemicals in the brain that prevents messages from moving around the brain as efficiently as they should.
  • Vascular Dementia
    The word ‘vascular’ relates to blood vessels. Vascular Dementia results from a blood supply shortage to the brain. Brain cells can die if they are deprived of enough blood. There are several different forms of Vascular Dementia. One type is caused by stroke (stroke-related Dementia). Another is caused by a depleted blood supply to deep parts within the brain (subcortical Vascular Dementia).
  • Early on-set Dementia
    More than 40,000 younger people (under the age of 65) in the UK have dementia. This is called early-onset or young-onset dementia.

What are the common symptoms of dementia?

No two people are the same. Every person is unique and therefore dementia affects everyone differently. The impact of dementia can be determined by the person’s character, health and social situation. Although dementia occurs more commonly in the elderly, the vast majority of senior people in the UK aged over 80 years old are vibrant and attentive, if perhaps a little forgetful now and again. Two-thirds of those living with dementia continue to live in the community. If, however, a decline in health results in the decision that more personalised care is needed, there are care homes that specialise in caring for people with this condition.

There are varying symptoms between Alzheimer’s Disease and other types of Dementia, however, there are general similarities; the most common signs being memory impairment and the loss of practical capabilities, which can lead to someone becoming withdrawn.

The most common early symptoms of dementia:
  • Memory loss
  • Repeating themselves
  • Problem-solving
  • Issues with concentration
  • Struggling with regular daily tasks
  • Communication difficulties
  • Feeling disorientated
  • Losing track of time
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulties controlling emotions
  • Seeming withdrawn
  • Lacking self-confidence

If you are concerned that you or a loved one are experiencing some or all these symptoms and they are affecting daily life, seek advice from your doctor.

Although there is no cure currently, there are medical treatments that can help to slow down the symptoms of dementia and help those living with the condition to cope more easily. People with dementia can continue to thrive and enjoy life. They can receive financial help; adjust their own home to adapt to their changing needs; or seek healthcare and support from care professionals.

To find out more about how an Encore home can help a loved one with dementia, please contact one of our care homes:

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Our team is here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are dedicated to working with you to design a unique, personalised plan of care that caters for all your requirements.

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