This week is Dementia Action Week, which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative to help raise awareness of both dementia and Alzheimer’s. One in six of us will get dementia before we turn 80 and more people fear dementia than cancer, but many people still do not understand the disease, or know what to expect. Dementia is a progressive disease, but with help and early intervention it is possible for people to remain independent for many years.
Dementia is a major cause of loneliness. One problem is that many people are afraid of saying the wrong thing to somebody with dementia, and this often results in reduced visits and less interaction – this leads to isolation, loneliness and depression. As part of Dementia Action Week, the Alzheimer’s Society has released a video of children asking dementia patients questions – the message is simply “Let’s Start Talking #AskUsAnything” – you can ask anything, and have a bit of fun with it. You can watch it here:
Aids To Help Care For a Person With Dementia
Dementia can be very challenging for both the individual and family members and carers. The following CareCo dementia aids are designed to help patients and their carers to continue to enjoy a quality of life.
Med-Alert Pill Box with Timer
Med-Alert Pill Box with Timer allows you to set a reminder for when to take pills. It is great for those that struggle with remembering routine tasks, although it does still require self-management. The box is easy to set up and has an alarm that beeps for 30 seconds when it is time to take a pill
Stay Safe GPS Tracker
One of the biggest concerns for carers or relatives is when a dementia patient disappears. Anxiety, panic, and the worst possible scenarios will run through one’s mind. GPS technology has been a boon for many people, even though we may curse have some choice words at out satnavs at times. One of the best uses of GPS technology is security, especially for our vehicles. They’re also useful for keeping track of vulnerable dementia patients prone to wandering. The Stay Safe GPS Tracker fits in a lanyard, a bag, or pocket and helps you keep track of the location through text messaging. The added alert button allows the user to call for help too.
Clear Display LCD Clock
People with dementia have trouble with memory and planning and get easily confused. No matter how old you are, you will organise your life around times and dates – for medication, appointments, and personal errands. This LCD clock in the range of CareCo dementia aids displays all information clearly – the day, date, month, year, and time – in a large format so it’s useful for people with eyesight difficulty too. With the push of a button, it updates automatically based on data transmitted with digital radio signals, so you never need to worry about correcting it following a power cut. Multiple alarms allow the user to plan their day effectively.
CL60 Amplified Classic Telephone
A telephone remains a lifeline for many people, especially for those who do not have or need a smartphone. The extra features on the Geemarc CL60 Amplified Classic Telephone makes it ideal for people with dementia related conditions. It’s an old fashioned rotary style phone but that’s the only thing about it that’s retro. It’s fitted with hearing amplification and can be set to ring as loudly as 80db – about the level of a food processor – while in use. The centre has an emergency dial button, simply press it to connect to emergency services.
Accidents are likely with dementia patients and sometimes they need to remain in bed to recover from a fall. But how can you keep an eye on them 24/7? The answer is that you can’t. In their confusion, they’re likely to try to get out of bed. This anti-tamper care alarm is a great addition to dementia aids range. It will sound when they get out of bed or a wheelchair; the best thing is that the carer controls the device with infrared or ID code so that the patient cannot easily fiddle with the device.
Although challenging, it is possible to live a better life with dementia – careful planning and regular checks are needed. if you know somebody with dementia take the time to speak to them, ask how they are, and check that they are taking any medication that they need.
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