Dealing With Dementia
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia that affects around 820,000 people in the UK alone. There are numerous signs and symptoms leading up to this illness including memory loss, confusion, problems with communication and even depression.
It is essential that a doctor is spoken to as soon as the symptoms of dementia become apparent. While it can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, symptoms that occur frequently such as memory loss, communication problems or general confusion should be investigated. The quicker the issue is raised the more that can be done to help slow down the process. Diagnosis in the initial stages usually takes the form of simple memory tests, communicating with the patient and any family members present and sometimes a brain scan.
The next steps
Although there is currently no cure for dementia there are several ways to slow down progression of the disease. Medication can help to improve some of the symptoms or at least slow them down, but after being diagnosed the patient may have to rely on the care of other people to be able to continue with their life.
Many in the later stages of dementia will need round the clock attention and opting for home care could be beneficial to everyone involved. While alternative solutions such as moving into a home are readily available, many patients may feel more comfortable being looked after in a familiar environment. In this situation home care may be the best route to take.
It can be very hard for loved ones to cope with having dementia or being related to a sufferer. The symptoms can cause distress for both parties and for those looking after family members is can be understandably frustrating.
Talking to other people (even just a local GP) can provide invaluable information or useful insights into coping with the illness or care work. While dementia is a worrying condition it's at least comforting to know that there are ample opportunities to receive treatment and help during the more difficult stages.
Many people affected by relatives with dementia go on to offer their help and support to others with the condition. Starting a home care business is a great way of doing it, or you could undertake some voluntary work in your local community.
There are a number of voluntary organisations where you show your support for those suffering with the condition. Running your own care home is of course a big decision, but if you're looking for a career change, like the idea of becoming your own boss, have plenty of enthusiasm, and are a hard working individual, becoming a franchisee could be the right path for you.
About the Author:
James works for Caremark Franchises who help companies become care franchisees. They have been operating since 2005 and are experts on home care businesses.
More information on how to set up can be found on their becoming a franchisee page.