Dementia

Dementia is a disease process that causes deterioration of mental abilities or cognitive functions. There are different types of dementia and it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms are commonly attributed to old age, which is a natural process.

You may notice one or two of the following symptoms occasionally, possibly due to stress, tiredness, illnesses and medication, but if your daily tasks are affected make an appointment with your GP. An early diagnosis can help you to maintain quality of life for longer.

  • Forgetfulness and/or memory loss
  • Problems controlling emotions and moods, socialising may become a challenge
  • Lack of empathy, understanding, compassion and reasoning
  • Person may appear confused at times
  • Difficulty in concentrating, planning and finding the right words
  • Losing interest in hobbies and daily activities

Help is at hand

We work closely with many patients and their families living with dementia. Fairhand cannot make a diagnosis but we do have experience identifying the different behaviours and how to best match treatment to individual needs.

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Your Fairhand physio will:

  • Listen to your concerns and find out what you’d like to achieve, providing a realistic input
  • Empathise with your situation, we understand the changes you and your family might be going through
  • Assess your medical history and general health
  • Review your home layout and make suggestions we think could improve your daily life, such as rearranging furniture, lighting, colours or any additional equipment that may be necessary
  • Create a structured treatment plan which will include exercises to ease your daily routine and promote safety in the home
  • Offer support for your family to help them to help you
  • Refer you to organisations which can provide further support and advice

Disclaimer

The information provided on our website is for guidance purposes only and should not be treated as medical advice or professional diagnosis. If you think you may be suffering from a medical condition you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Case study

Name Mr R
Age 93
Location Croydon

Mr R was an elderly gentleman with dementia and lived at home with his wife, who had her own health problems.

Fairhand were contacted by family who were concerned about their living arrangements and wanted to ensure the couple were safe in their home.

By introducing routine exercises and repetition, Fairhand improved Mr. R’s walking mobility and coached him through methods that eased daily activities, such as getting in and out of bed, getting dressed and using the stairs.

We also reviewed Mrs. R’s health problems and put in place strategies for mutual practical coping, which improved both their safety and their companionship.

 

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