Lets talk about Dementia
Every year World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on 21 September, and is the focus of World Alzheimer’s Month in September. It’s an opportunity for organisations and individuals around the world to raise awareness, highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia and demonstrate how we can overcome them to help people live well with dementia.
The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with; however they soon become severe enough to affect daily life. A sufferer may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. The specific symptoms that someone experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.
A person with dementia will have cognitive symptoms (to do with thinking or memory). They will often have problems with some of the following:
- day-to-day memory – for example, difficulty recalling events that happened recently,
- concentrating, planning or organising – for example, difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (such as cooking a meal),
- language – for example, difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something,
- visuospatial skills – for example, problems judging distances (such as on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions,
- orientation – for example, losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are.
How we help
As a company who looks after the spending for hundreds of care homes on a daily basis; We fully support ways to improve
the quality of life for sufferers. We are all also dementia friends. If you need to find out more about dementia friends, click here!
Here are a few ways we help you to help sufferers.
We work with the likes of Care shop, Countywide and Blueleaf who are all specialised in the dementia field. Not only do they supply medical goods, but they supply items such as memory boxes and games. We featured one of the games packs in our product of the week last week. Prices start from £39.95!
As part of our offering, we can source food moulds through our furniture and equipment department. A fairly new concept within the UK care home, a silicon food mould will transform a dementia patient’s plate. Making meals more visually pleasing, appetizing and helping residents to dine with dignity. Read more here…
Dementia friendly crockery
Equipment to help support residents with dementia is the perfect way to promote independence. We provide a wide range of tableware that does just this.
“Eating three times a day is something many of us take for granted but just think how difficult mealtimes can be for many people with disabilities; we believe the right tableware can be a relatively simple way to ensure your guests get the nutrition they need as independently and safely as possible”. –Bidvest Catering Equipment.