Dementia is a term used for severe decline in brain functioning severe enough to interfere with daily life like loss of thinking ability, memory, logical reasoning, decision making, and other mental abilities. One of the most common causes of Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. The severity of Dementia ranges from mild, when it just starts impairing one’s brain functioning to severe, when a person becomes fully dependent on others for basic daily life activities even for taking food. Here is a need for some expert who can look after the patient to assist him in performing his daily life activities like a qualified nurse or caregiver. PlanCare offers the best Home nursing care by providing qualified and trained nurses who assist your loved one with daily activities and personal care such as hygiene care, feeding, medication, and other care tasks.
Dementia and Aging:
Dementia is more common among older while it is not considered a normal part of the aging process. Approx. one-third of people of age above 65 or above may develop some form of Dementia but it is important to mention that many individuals of above 90 live well without any loss of brain functioning. There are various factors that can contribute to the development of Dementia like age, genetics, and lifestyle. Other factors, such as cardiovascular health, education level, and social engagement can influence the risk and progression of dementia. The risk of developing dementia can be reduced by taking proactive steps such as regular physical and mental exercise, eating a balanced diet, and staying socially active. PlanCare offers Home nursing care to manage patients with Dementia. It is less costly, more convenient, and equally effective as care provided in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. PlanCare’s professionals and trained staff provide medical services such as skilled nursing, as well as non-medical services such as social services or support with daily living to patients dealing with Dementia.
Dementia Signs & Symptoms:
There are various early signs and symptoms that can be associated with dementia. It is important to note that experiencing one or more of these signs and symptoms does not necessarily show that an individual has Dementia. The signs and symptoms become more pronounced and interfere with normal brain functioning as Dementia progresses. Some of the signs and symptoms are
- Loss of memory becomes more severe, affecting not only recent events but also long-term memories, and start forgetting important information such as names of family members or close friends.
- Facing problems in basic self-care tasks, such as dressing, bathing, or feeding oneself. They can become difficult or impossible without assistance.
- Personality changes may also occur, where an individual faces more mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or depression.
- Individuals with dementia start facing problems in judgment and decision-making. They may take inappropriate risks, face difficulty in managing finances, or struggle in planning and organizing tasks.
- Communication becomes challenging with individuals, struggling to find the right words or understanding others during conversations.
- People with dementia may become disoriented, even in familiar places. They may have trouble recognizing faces or places and may lost, even in known places.
As Dementia progresses, the symptoms get worsen over time, and individuals start facing difficulties in moving, lose control of their bladder, and experience behavior changes like aggression that become problematic not only for the patient but for the family members also. Home care nursing can be a cost-effective and convenient alternative to hospital care, especially for elderly patients with Dementia. PlanCare provides a professional team of trained nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals who can assist patients in Dementia treatment with daily activities.
Challenges for Dementia Care: Solution with Home Nursing Care
In Pakistan there is a lack of knowledge and awareness about dementia in the general population is a main issue, which contributed to delayed diagnosis and treatment. Many people consider dementia as a normal consequence of aging, leading to a lack of understanding of the condition. One major drawback of the lack of awareness is that the majority of people with Dementia do not seek proper medical help until the late stages of the disease. This delay in seeking assistance can have a negative effect on diagnosis and treatment outcomes.
Furthermore, resources and funds available for dementia patients are limited in Pakistan. Government healthcare policies specifically for patients with Dementia and related disorders are lacking, which further augments the difficulties faced by individuals and their families. There are no specialized daycare centers or nursing homes for Dementia patients.
PlanCare provides professional nursing assistance to Dementia patients at home. Nursing care is especially beneficial for elderly people who cannot travel on their own or need special medical attention at all times.
There are several important reasons we should use these services to take care of our loved ones at home:
The recovery process is faster and more efficient in an environment where one feels comfortable and safe. This means that your elderly parents will recover faster if they are at home rather than in a hospital. Home nursing care can help to avoid the spread of infection. Home nursing services can provide your elderly parent with the companionship they need. Social interaction is an important part of life and can help to improve the quality of life. Home Health provides constant companionship, which helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevents loneliness. Most importantly, home care nursing is reliable when it comes to providing quality care. They are available 24/365 to help with any needs your elderly parents may have.