Here at Hospiscare, we have partnered with Dementia UK to provide an Admiral Nurse (specialist dementia nurse) to help support people living with dementia.
Keep reading, or click on the links below to find out more:
Alzheimer’s and dementia are words that are often used interchangeably but they do actually have different meanings.
DEMENTIA is an umbrella term to describe a set of signs and symptoms that can develop as a result of a disease that attacks the brain and interferes with its functioning. It is not a disease, but a collective way to describe the side effects of damage to the brain from a disease.
ALZHEIMER’S is one of these diseases that damage the brain causing symptoms that are collectively described as dementia. It is one of the most common causes of dementia.
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE was named after Alois Alzheimer, the doctor who first described the disease in 1906. Damage to the brain is a result of proteins building up within the brain. These proteins ‘clump’ together to form ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’ that interfere with connectivity between nerve cells. Over time nerve cells will die off within the brain causing the brain to shrink. Damage is irreversible.
Since the role was created in 2017, our Admiral Nurse, Chrissy, has been working to provide the specialist dementia support that families require. She works closely with families, offering psychological support and expert advice and guidance to enable them and their loved one living with a dementia to be able to adapt and prepare for the changes that occur within the dementia trajectory.
Chrissy uses a range of techniques to help people live positively, develop skills to improve communication and to maintain family relationships. She also works with other healthcare professionals so that people's differing needs are addressed in a coordinated way.
As part of our support, we have also prepared some videos that might help if you are looking after somebody who has dementia. Please share these videos with your friends, family, and fellow carers.
Communicating with people with dementia
Communicating dementia Top 10 Tips
Caring and Dementia: Caring for the individual
How does dementia affect eating?
Caring and Dementia: Creating the right environment
Caring and Dementia: Coping with unusual behaviour
Dementia and Carers Caring for the family carer