From the early signs to diagnosis and beyond, here’s what you need to know about living life to the full with dementia.
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13 January 2023
| Aged Care Homes
Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a daunting prospect, but the good news is that with a comprehensive care plan, the condition can be made easier to live with.
The symptoms of dementia can vary widely from person to person. They are also inconsistent – people living with dementia have good days and bad days. But if you’ve noticed changes in behaviour that are affecting day to day life, then it’s worth checking in with your GP.
The key signs to look out for are:
It’s important to note that many treatable conditions are easily mistaken for symptoms of dementia. Common occurrences such as infections, constipation, changes in medication, hearing and vision loss can also cause confusion and memory loss in older people. These symptoms can often be easily reversed with appropriate treatment by a medical practitioner.
At BaptistCare, we greatly value the relationships we build with residents and their families. We work together using our unique MyTeam relational model of care, to support the person to continue living their life their way.
BaptistCare residents may choose from a wide range of engaging leisure activities, adapted to the changing needs and preferences of each resident. The program is designed to:
1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2020) Causes of Death, Australia, 2019 (cat. No. 3303.0).
2. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Dementia Snapshot, July 2020.
3. Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Research Paper 8 - International and National Quality and Safety Indicators for Aged Care, 2020, p161.