Reflection on Dementia Care
Dementia is understood, acknowledged, and treated on the basis of varied social, economic, organizational, and cultural perspectives. The coping mechanisms employed by an individual and the support received from the environment reflect these varied perspectives (Yumoto et al.,2019).
Patients living with dementia have unique and varied levels of needs, due to the distinct nature and course of the disease, which gradually leads to the physical and psychological state of distress within the individual. Thereby, professional carers must be adept with the necessary skills required to provide the support and care required by these patients.
In the UK, the people who die as a result of dementia, die either in hospitals, care homes, nursing homes, or in the community (Sleeman et al., 2014). This indicates that hospice care is opted and required for very few patients suffering from this illness.
Dementia care involves the help a person with dementia receives from their relatives or family members so that they can continue to live at home. According to Helping Hands (2020), these are some of the services that are required for a patient to be able to continue living at home:
- Medication support
- Physical therapies to encourage mobility
- Encouraging participation in hobbies, activities and fostering social interactions with family and friends.
- Helping the individual with basic self-care tasks such as cooking and feeding them.
Furthermore, if any member of your family has been diagnosed with dementia, you can ask the health care provider the following questions, to ensure that you are able to provide love and support to the family member:
- How to help them remain calm
- How to reduce their disorientation
- How to help them with the gradual and often progressive memory loss
- How to manage the emotional outbursts
- How to address the behavioral changes without triggering them (MedlinePlus.n.d.).
MedlinePlus. n.d. [Online]. Available from: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007428.htm [Accessed on: 19 April 2021].
Sleeman, K.E., Ho, Y.K., Verne, J., Gao, W. and Higginson, I.J., 2014. Reversal of English trend towards hospital death in dementia: a population-based study of place of death and associated individual and regional factors, 2001–2010. BMC neurology, 14(1), pp.1-9.
Yumoto, Y., Kernohan, W.G., Morioka, N. and Ogata, Y., 2019. International reflections on caring for people with advanced dementia. Public Health Nursing, 36(2), pp.192-198.
Helping hands. 2020. Dementia Care. [Online]. Available from: https://www.helpinghandshomecare.co.uk/home-care-services/dementia-care/ [Accessed on: 19 April 2021].