Notaro carers share tips on spotting early signs of dementia

Our Homecarers are sharing their tips on spotting the early signs of dementia

We look after many service users with dementia and train our carers to spot the signs early and how to look after those who already have the disease.

Nicky Norville, Registered Manager at NHC, said:

“According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to more than one million by 2025, so it’s incredibly important to raise awareness and educate people on dementia.
Our carers are well-trained in looking out for the very early signs of dementia within a person and as part of World Alzheimer’s Month this month (September 2017.)
We have decided to share some tips to help anyone out there know what sort of things to look for in a loved-one.”

Signs include:

  • Memory loss, confusion and disorientation on a regular basis. In particular if it upsets the day-to-day living of a person
  • Difficulty with tasks that require organisation and planning
  • Behaviour and mood changes – people with dementia may start acting out of character and may suffer from noticeable mood swings, sometimes becoming aggressive
  • Trouble with communication – dementia can make it hard for people to communicate. They may have trouble finding the right words and may repeat things.

“Our carers know that if they spot any of these signs in any of our service users they must alert management who will approach the subject with the service user’s family. If anyone recognises any of these signs in a friend or loved-one we would recommend they seek medical advice.

We have a real understanding of the care and support needs of individuals living with dementia. And through training, our carers are able to recognise the importance of people’s past lives, their current needs and plan and prepare ways to help them to enjoy the present and future.
Care plans are tailored specifically to ensure they meet the individual’s needs. Anyone interested in our dementia care services, can give us a call on 01934 422800.”

World Alzheimer’s Month takes place throughout September and will highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia.

One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia.

More than 225,000 people will develop dementia this year, which is one every three minutes.