Dementia impairs the brain’s ability to remember, think, or make decisions, often interfering with everyday activities. It’s serious, but it doesn’t have to be scary.
Alzheimer’s disease and related types of dementia affect many in the country: 5.8 million people in the United States, with 5.6 million aged 65 and older and about 200,000 under age 65 with younger-onset dementia.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a chronic disorder of mental processes, with brain injury or disease often the culprit. Some people experience problems with their memory first, while others may initially notice difficulties with language or thinking.
The most common types of dementia include:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease with Dementia (PDD)
- Lewy Body Disease
- Mixed Dementia
- Multiple Sclerosis with Cognitive Impairment (MSCI)
- Fronto-temporal dementia
- Vascular Dementia
Although this condition affects different people differently, people with dementia typically display these common symptoms:
- Changes in mood and behavior
- Confusion (especially regarding time or place)
- Memory loss
What to Do If You Suspect a Loved One of Having Dementia
The first thing to do is talk to them about it. Explain how worried you are and ask if they are having any memory problems. If they are, let them know that there are treatments available to help.
If your loved one doesn’t see any changes in themselves yet but wants an assessment, that’s fine too! They may want to know what’s happening before things get worse.
Next, make an appointment with a healthcare provider who is comfortable with your family situation.
Lastly, call a family meeting! Discuss what kind of care would best meet your loved one’s needs. Plan for changes in their health over time by putting in place documents like Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (if applicable).
What Dementia Care Does Birchwood Studios Provide?
At Birchwood Studios, we understand that caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging and stressful. We are here to help you care for those you love just as you would in the comfort of their own home.
Our facility provides long-term care for dementia patients. Our staff consists of skilled nurses who assist with everyday activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, cooking, and cleaning.
We also offer special programs and activities designed to stimulate the mind of your loved ones and bring joy back into their lives.
Our goal is to help those with dementia maintain their independence while providing all the support they need. This includes creating an environment with enhanced safety features, such as handrails and grabs bars, locks on cabinets, supervised hot water access to prevent burns, and approved fire safety precautions.
We Focus on Individualized Dementia and Loss of Memory Care
At Birchwood Suites, we understand that dementia can be a challenging experience for everyone involved. We offer a unique approach to care, which includes personal and individualized attention to your family member’s needs.
We realize that each person with dementia will experience its symptoms and progression differently. That’s why our staff customizes support to each individual, ensuring everyone gets the exact care they need.
Call us at 631-368-5252 to schedule a one-on-one appointment and site visit with our resident administration. We look forward to welcoming you to our facility and are excited to help you give your loved one the care for dementia they deserve.