Steps to take when you or a loved one has had a dementia diagnosis

A dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming, both for the person living with it and their loved ones. It can often lead to feelings of fear, sadness, confusion, anger or loneliness. It is a crucial time when the person needs extra care and support to navigate their diagnosis.

In May, we observed Dementia Action Week (13-19 May) to raise awareness about dementia, its diagnosis and care. This year, Alzheimer’s Society urged people to share their diagnosis stories with an aim to emphasise the importance of prioritising dementia by prioritising dementia diagnosis.

It is well-known that there are a lot of benefits to getting a proper diagnosis for dementia, in fact 91% of people living with dementia vouch for it. However, 1 in 3 people in the UK living with dementia do not have a diagnosis. 

A dementia diagnosis is important to give people access to the treatment, care and support they need to live a healthy and happy life.

At The Beeches, we are a dementia-specialist care home and supporting people with dementia to live a dignified life is our main priority. We understand the importance of proper care and support during this time. Here are some steps you can take once you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia:

 

Educate yourself: 

Knowledge is empowering. Familiarise yourself with different types of dementia, how they can affect one, and the treatments available to you. Reputable sources like the Alzheimer’s Society offer a wealth of information.

 

Seek support: 

You don’t have to go through this alone. Connect with support groups or dementia charities. Talking to others who understand can provide invaluable emotional support and practical advice. At The Beeches, our doors are always open to you if you wish to speak to a dementia specialist.

 

Plan for the future: 

While the future may seem uncertain, planning can bring peace of mind. Discuss your loved ones wishes, lasting power of attorney and healthcare choices while they are still able to make decisions. Consider creating a “memory box” filled with cherished items that can be a source of comfort later.

 

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: 

Maintaining good physical and mental health are crucial during this time. Encourage a balanced diet, regular exercise, and activities that stimulate the mind, like listening to music, walking or doing puzzles. Here at The Beeches, we create a stimulating environment with activities tailored to individual needs.

 

Focus on quality of life: 

A dementia diagnosis doesn’t mean the end of a happy life. Focus on activities your loved one enjoys and can still participate in. Here at The Beeches, we prioritise a person-centred approach, celebrating each resident’s unique talents and catering to their individual preferences.

Remember that a dementia diagnosis doesn’t have to define your life or future. With knowledge, planning and support, you and your loved ones can navigate this journey together and we’re always here to help.

If you’d like more information or support, please feel free to contact us at 01359 230773 or drop by our lovely home in Ixworth.

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