It can be extremely discomforting to witness a loved one’s struggle with dementia: a syndrome whose symptoms tend to tug on our heartstrings in the most personal of ways. In this blog post, we’ll be outlining why this is so. 
 
What is dementia? 
 
Dementia is a general term used to identify a set of symptoms associated with an ongoing decline in brain functioning. The biggest risk factor for dementia is old age. However, dementia is not a normal part of ageing and can occur even in young people. 
 
Dementia is caused by damage to or loss of nerve cells and their connections in the brain. This process typically impairs the patient’s ability to perform basic cognitive tasks such as thinking, remembering and reasoning. 
 
A common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases. Whereas Alzheimer’s is a specific brain disease, dementia is not. There is no cure for dementia, only the skills required to comfort those who suffer from it. 
 
Dementia and Live-In Care 
 
People with dementia need to live in environments that are most beneficial to their safety and quality of life. Oftentimes this isn’t a hospital or a care home, but their own home: the place that’s most familiar to them. With the help of a live-in carer, this can be achieved. 
 
Live-in carers know how to comfort those who suffer from dementia. They are there in not just a practical sense (e.g., helping the individual remember where various items are kept, etc) but in an emotional sense, too. 
 
Living with dementia is a time full of confusion and stress. Not being able to remember certain things or solve even basic problems causes feelings of anxiety. When this happens, a live-in carer is there to comfort them. 
 
Live-In Care at The Essex Care Group 
 
If you or a member of your family are seeking a live-in care solution, you can find out more about our services through our website on www.essexcaregroup.co.uk, contact us via email at info@essexcaregroup.co.uk, or give us a call on 01206 489 542. 
 
 
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