Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease
September 2015 marks the beginning of the 4th global World Alzheimer’s Month, an initiative created by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to unite opinion leaders, people with dementia, their carers and family, medical professionals, researchers and the media from all around the world.
This internationally recognised month, combined with World Alzheimer’s Day on the 21st September, gives Alzheimer associations across the globe the opportunity to gain recognition and credibility for the work they do, whilst highlighting to various governments and policy makers just how seriously the disease will impact services and health systems as our world population grows older.
Alzheimer’s Vs Dementia
Many people are often unsure of the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, so let us put it simply:
- Dementia is a general term for a group of symptoms such as memory loss, confusion, mood changes – basically anything which affects memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It is a progressive, physical disease that affects the brain and there are currently more than 520,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer's disease.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease
If you’re responsible for someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and is consequently living with dementia, there are a number of really useful products available which can enable them to live independently for longer – making your daily routines together much more simple.
- If you care for an active person who tends to leave the house without telling you, try dropping a tracker device in their pocket. If they leave, you can send a text to the tracker and receive a map location back.
- Do you live with somebody who doesn’t turn off the taps when filling the sink or running a bath? Try a MagiPlug, which automatically releases water when the bath/sink is too full, preventing floods, and changes colour when the water is too hot, preventing burns.
- Many people with dementia are often forgetful, but an automatic pill dispenser will ensure they take their medication on time, and a handy Memo Minder or Object Locator will remind them to lock the door, or help them to find their keys.
- It’s also common for people living with dementia to become confused with the time and date, which is why a calendar clock or day/night clock can be a worthwhile investment.
- Finally, it’s an unfortunate fact that caring for someone with dementia can be exhausting, meaning it’s important to get a good night’s sleep. A voice alarm monitor and bed sensor mat can help give you peace of mind at night by alerting you when the person you care for leaves their bed. If they don’t return within 15 minutes, it will sound again to prompt you that it may be worth getting up to check on them.
Carrying out our ‘Dementia Friends’ duties
At NRS Healthcare, each member of our team is committed to becoming a Dementia Friend. This is where we learn more about dementia and turn our understanding into action, whether that’s passing along the information to friends and family or actively visiting someone living with dementia. Every action counts.
Our OT’s at Head Office are actually Dementia Champions who encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their communities. So, as a business, we’re here to ensure you have the products and advice you need to make day-to-day activities easier for both yourself and the person you care for.
Take a look at our full range of dementia and memory aids to see how we can help you.
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