A patient’s needs depend on the stage of dementia they are experiencing:
There are very few signs or symptoms of dementia during the first stage of the disease. Their behaviour and motor skills are not affected. Early signs of dementia can be mistaken for symptoms associated with ageing. This includes memory gaps such as repetition of conversations and forgetting recent events.
Patients experiencing the early stages of dementia require little care and can still enjoy their independence. However, patients may feel agitated should their cognitive judgement fail them. It is important to reassure them and ease their distress when needed.
People experiencing this stage of dementia show noticeable symptoms of mental impairment. This includes short-term memory issues which may affect their daily routines. People may have trouble with directions and remembering tasks. During this time, patients require minor assistance such as reminding them of where they are and what they need to do. As the condition continues to deteriorate, they may require hands-on assistance with simple tasks.
A person’s mental capacity during the later stages of dementia usually renders them incapable of being independent. This is due to their declining mental capacity. They lose their long-term memory which can result in a lack of recognition of relatives or family members. People may also be unable to perform simple tasks such as walking or eating. In some cases, people with more severe dementia find it difficult to speak or express themselves.
People may require further care in order to attend to their daily needs at this stage, such as feeding them their meals and bathing them. They may need monitoring to prevent them from hurting themselves. In addition, patients are prone to becoming agitated or distressed which may lead to emotional outbursts. Talking to them in a soothing voice can help calm them down. People also respond to certain positive stimuli such as music, colours and lights.
Knowing your loved one’s stage of dementia can help you determine the proper care without offending them. At Seasons Aged Care, your loved ones are given the proper care they deserve. Make an enquiry to find out more.