Dementia Care in Connecticut
Serving Patients Throughout Fairfield County, CT
Dementia isn’t a single disease but rather an overall general term referring to memory loss, language impairments and loss in the ability to problem solve and think clearly which interferes with daily life. There are several causes of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Huntington, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, and other abnormal brain changes.
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia followed by vascular dementia which occurs when there is bleeding and blood vessel blockage in the brain. Dementia can be tricky because the same patient can be affected by more than one type of dementia at the same time. It is a complicated medical condition that requires experienced, compassionate care. At Home Care Connectors we are committed to providing attentive, patient specific care for our clients and their families at every stage of care. It is important to us that you understand your loved one’s condition and how we can help.
Signs of Dementia Include
Having trouble with these tasks that are usually like second nature to people, can be a sign of dementia. Dementia affects people differently, but most underlying conditions that cause dementia are progressive which means that the signs start out subtle and gradually get worse over time. It is important to see a professional and get a diagnosis because some symptoms of dementia such as thinking and memory problems, can improve in some cases with early detection and treatment.
How is Dementia Diagnosed?
While there isn’t one test to determine if someone has dementia, doctors make their diagnosis based on careful evaluation of medical history, physical examinations, lab tests and monitoring of characteristic changes in thinking and day-to-day behavior and functioning. By evaluating and monitoring all of these factors, doctors are able to determine if a patient has dementia with a high level of certainty. The tricky part is that it’s not always easy to decipher which type of dementia someone has because symptoms can change, and different kinds of dementia can overlap.
Stages of Dementia
There are seven stages of dementia. These stages range from minimal impairment with minor symptoms such as losing things around the house to gradually working up to a very severe decline with an increase in confusion and lack of awareness of one’s environment, wandering, as well as loss of bowel and bladder control. It is essential that your loved one has the proper care at every stage of dementia.
Dementia Treatment and Care
To a large degree treatment of dementia really depends on its cause. Level of care is going to depend on the progression. Our professional senior health aides are familiar with the typical characteristics of dementia patients and have your loved one’s safety in mind. As the disease progresses, patients may wander which can put them in danger as they are easily confused or forget where they are or why they are there. Our team is well equipped to discover and avoid triggers. It is our mission to encourage a calm atmosphere where your loved one can establish a daily routine that will help them manage their symptoms. In addition to wandering, we can help with the following:
We are committed to creating a safe environment with focused individualized care where your loved one can thrive. We work tirelessly to reduce overstimulation and prevent as much confusion as possible while ensuring your loved one is safe and comfortable. Whether your loved one is in an assisted living facility or if you would like to keep your family member at home, Home Care Connectors is here for you. To find out more about our in-home dementia care or private duty aides, contact us today.
Additional Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Resources:
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Differences Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- 10 Early Signs & Symptoms
- Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet