At NRS Healthcare, we are experts in equipment that helps support people to live independently or with the help of a carer, including vascular dementia products. These daily living aids and assistive technology aids can help a person in various aspects of daily life, and we give some examples below.
• Mobility and getting around: Rollators, walking frames, wheelchairs
• Taking a bath: Bath lift, bath rail, bath step
• Having a shower: Shower stool or shower chair
• Using the toilet: Toilet frame with seat, raised toilet seat, or commode
• Using standard cutlery: Large handled cutlery, weighted cutlery, knife and fork in one
• Drinking: One way straws, drinking bottles, large handled mugs, spout mugs
• Memory: Memo minder
• Time orientation and telling the time: Day/Night Clock
• Managing medication: automatic pill dispensers, pill organisers
• Calling for help: SOS pendant telephone system, automatic telephone dialler
• Incontinence: Incontinence underwear and pads, waterproof chair and bed pads, waterproof bedding
• Seated exercise: Pedal exerciser
These are just a small selection of thousands of daily living aids that we offer. If you are unsure what vascular dementia aids for daily living may be able to help you, contact our contact our Occupational Therapist product advice team on 0345 121 8111 or by email [email protected]
Vascular dementia diet
Eating a healthy diet is essential to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle, which in turn will help overall health and wellbeing.
Some people with dementia have difficulty eating and drinking, due to changes in appetite and attitude to food, or physical problems that make consuming food and drink difficult. Alzheimer’s Society provides a factsheet about eating and drinking with dementia including tips for carers.
Some people take vascular dementia supplements e.g. Omega-3 (found in oily fish), B vitamins and folic acid, but there is little proof that these actually have an impact on the progression of the condition or its symptoms.
Exercise for dementia
Taking regular exercise that gets the heart pumping is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of developing dementia as it keeps the heart healthy and reduces the risk of stroke, diabetes and heart disease – all of which can be risk factors for vascular dementia. Taking exercise also helps stimulate the brain and makes you feel good, which is important for people with long-term health conditions, who may be at risk of mental health problems.
People with vascular dementia are advised to be as active as possible, and your GP or a physiotherapist may be able to advise if you are unsure how to start or have concerns about doing so. For more information and advice, read the Alzheimer’s Society factsheet
Vascular dementia and employment
Many people with vascular dementia are able to work and those that do are advised to inform their employer of their health condition.
The Alzheimer’s Society provides a leaflet on employment and dementia which you may find useful, which covers legal aspects of telling your employer and your rights at work.