How can dementia influence a person's care needs?
A person’s care needs can be influenced by dementia in a number of ways, according to the type and severity of the dementia symptoms which they experience.
Every person living with dementia experiences the condition differently, making care tailored to the individual and their specific needs crucial. That’s why Somerset Care advocates a person-centred approach to dementia care, which factors the individual’s health, wellbeing and interests into a care plan which not only helps them to manage their symptoms, but also live well with dementia.
Key to this is a safe and stimulating environment, where the individual can receive the care they need whilst being supported and empowered to live the life they choose. This includes support to retain and discover treasured hobbies and interests, help to participate in activities which boost their physical and emotional wellbeing, and any personal care they may need to carry out daily tasks, for example washing, dressing and medication support.
Person-centred dementia care enables the individual to live as independently as possible, meeting their care needs whilst empowering them to live a full and fulfilling life.