An Emphasis on Quality of Life
Dementia commonly affects people in the later years of life, but signs can also be present as early as 40 and caring for someone with dementia is a difficult and emotionally-straining task – especially when a loved one forgets who and where they are.
Experiences vary, but generally a gradual decline in the ability to perform everyday tasks makes dementia sufferers very reliant on full-time care.
There is no known cure for dementia, but with the right care and medication, symptoms can be better-managed and comfort can be provided to sufferers. At Scalabrini, we specialise in care for those with dementia, putting a real emphasis on improving quality of life.
Dementia care is difficult but you don’t have to take it all on yourself. Our team is standing by to answer any questions you have and to help guide you through the entire process.
While dementia is the main symptom of many neurological disorders, it is not a disease itself. It can be hard to make the distinction between types of dementia since those experiencing it often have trouble describing their symptoms.
There are over 100 different types of dementia stem from that stem from brain disorders. The most common are:
• Alzheimer’s disease
• Vascular dementia
• Lewy Body disease
• Alcohol related dementia
• Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease
• HIV associated dementia
Dementia shares many symptoms with other treatable conditions. For this reason, it’s always good to visit the doctor for a formal diagnosis. Dementia-like symptoms can exist as a result of unrelated conditions like alcoholism, hormone disorders and depression. So there’s no need to jump to any conclusions right away.
A doctor will test for common dementia symptoms, such as:
Short-term memory loss dementia testing, you can try to ﬁnd an existing reason like routine blood or eyesight test.
• Difﬁculty performing everyday tasks
• Changes in personality, mood or behaviour
• Problems with abstract thinking
• Language problems.
At Scalabrini we’ve also found that a calm and supportive attitude also goes a long way.
Regardless of whether these symptoms are a result of dementia or another condition, early diagnosis is key. An initial consultation to test for dementia can be a difficult thing to accept for many people, so it can be hard to make the first step.
If you’re having trouble convincing a family member or friend to visit the doctor for dementia testing, you can try to find an existing reason like routine blood or eyesight test. At Scalabrini we’ve also found that a calm and supportive attitude also goes a long way.
Without a doubt, recognising the early signs of dementia can be a challenge. Symptoms are progressive – making them hard to notice in the early stages. If you have a friend or family member whose symptoms are gradually becoming more severe, this can indicate the early onset of dementia.
To recognise the early signs of dementia, you need to look out for these increases in severity. For example, it’s normal to occasionally have trouble remembering a name or ﬁnding the right word in a conversation. Usually, we remember these details later. If you notice a friend or family member has increasing trouble with familiar names or simple words they may be experiencing the onset of dementia.
Another symptom is difﬁculty performing familiar tasks. It isn’t too out of the ordinary to become distracted and forget to hang out the wet washing in the laundry. Someone with dementia, on the other hand, may not just forget to hang out the washing, but also forget they did and laundry at all.
Caring for someone with dementia is a difﬁcult and emotionally straining task – especially when a loved one forgets who and where they are. Experiences vary, but generally a gradual decline in the ability to perform everyday tasks makes dementia suffers very reliant on full-time care.
Although there is no known cure for dementia, the symptoms can be managed with the right care. Scalabrini’s entire philosophy centres around ‘Sono Io’ – Italian for ‘this is me’ – empowering those with dementia to make meaningful connections and live purposefully. We’ve embedded this strategy throughout our villages, from the way staff act, through lifestyle programs and our Dementia Excellence team.
Dementia care can be difﬁcult, and you don’t have to take it all on yourself.
Scalabrini’s Unique Approach to Dementia Care
At Scalabrini, our goal is to create an environment that enables people living with dementia to continue to live fulfilling lives.
Our Sono Io, Italian for “This Is Me,” model, is a quantum leap from the task-based approach of traditional aged care. The underpinning philosophy of Sono Io is to see the person, not the condition. It is about respect and empowerment. It is about giving back choice and control and facilitating meaningful connections, so people can continue to live with purpose.
Sono Io is a deliberate strategy, driven and nurtured by our Dementia Excellence Team and a select group of exceptional Sono Io Ambassadors across all our villages. And you will find Sono Io everywhere, from smart design decisions through to how staff act and behave, from specific lifestyle programs to activities unseen anywhere else in Australian aged care.
If you would like to find out more about Sono Io, please give us a call and one of our Dementia Excellence Team will be more than happy to talk through the details.