Dementia is a complex condition that can significantly impact an individual's life, with this in mind, caregivers often have many questions about it, from recognising symptoms to managing them.

Nurse caring for resident with dementia


Understanding dementia and what to look for

Below, we offer valuable insights and guidance on how to effectively understand and manage the common symptoms associated with dementia:

Common symptoms of dementia

  1. Memory loss: Memory loss is one of the primary symptoms of dementia. Individuals may forget recent events, names, or faces. It's important to recognise this and create a supportive environment by using memory aids like notes, calendars, and labelled items to help them recall important information.
  2. Frequent disorientation: Dementia often causes disorientation regarding time, place, and identity. Establishing a structured daily routine can help reduce confusion and anxiety. Ensure that the environment is familiar and comforting to the individual, which can lessen feelings of disorientation.
  3. Mood swings: Mood swings, often stemming from confusion and frustration, are another common symptom of dementia. As a caregiver, it's essential to respond with patience and understanding. Create a calming and reassuring atmosphere, and be prepared for changes in mood.
  4. Incoherent communication: As dementia progresses, communication can become challenging. Individuals may struggle to find words or follow conversations. To facilitate better communication, use clear and simple language. Non-verbal cues, like gestures and facial expressions, can also help convey your message effectively.

Need further support with dementia care?

Caring for someone with dementia can be a challenging journey, but with the right support and guidance, you can enhance their quality of life. 

If you have additional questions or require personalised advice regarding dementia care, don't hesitate to get in touch. Our experienced caregivers are prepared to help deliver the best possible care for your loved ones living with dementia. 

Contact us without hesitation to access the support and resources necessary to make this journey more manageable for both you and your loved one.