Dementia is a syndrome that can be caused by a number of progressive illnesses that effect memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of Dementia. Other types include Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.
At Bridgedale House the staff are specially trained to understand the needs of residents with all types of dementia and all of the stages that the syndrome presents. In the early stages people can generally continue to do many of the day to day tasks with minimal prompting or guidance. In the middle to later stages we are aware that is it important to adapt and change the levels of physical and emotional support that the resident may require, as well as promoting independence and enhancing their quality of life.
At Bridgedale House we endeavour to support all of our residents to maintain relationships, friendships and social interests, to the best of their ability and with any level of assistance they may require.
People living with dementia are often isolated or hidden, because of social stigma or the possibility of negative reactions from neighbours or relatives to behavioural and psychological symptoms. Management interventions can help make living with dementia a positive not a negative experience.
It was estimated that there was 36 million people living with Dementia worldwide in 2010, increasing to 66 million by 2030 and 115 million by
2050. A new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds.