Dementia is generally considered a late-life disease, as it primarily develops in the elderly. The World Health Organization states that nearly 36 million people around the world suffer from dementia. For many, dementia creates significant interruption and trouble managing daily living tasks. At ComForcare Fort Worth, dementia clients receive the highest level of care to ensure that their needs are met while maintaining the maximum level of independence and dignity.
What Is Dementia?
The term dementia refers to a range of symptoms that result from degeneration of the brain. These symptoms affect the individual’s memory, thinking, and behavioral qualities and are severe enough to impact daily functioning. The disease is progressive, meaning that the symptoms will typically present themselves slowly and continue to become worse over time. There are many types of dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.
The effects of dementia vary widely across individuals affected with the condition. Some may experience dementia symptoms that others do not. Similarly, some may experience a faster or slower onset than others. Dementia effects typically correlate with the stage of the condition. The more advanced the stage, the more severely the symptoms will manifest. In later stages, many individuals will require help with daily care.
Dementia will typically affect functions such as:
- Critical thinking
- Focus and attention
- Judgment and reasoning
- Language and communication
- Visual perception
DementiaWise is ComForcare’s custom, proprietary, industry-leading program for providing dementia care. The program includes principles of habilitation therapy, which takes a behavioral approach to caring for dementia patients. This form of therapy is a standard of care used across more than 300 U.S. memory care units, and it’s accepted by the Alzheimer’s Association.
Instead of focusing on what has been lost, habilitation therapy focuses on optimizing the individual’s remaining abilities. This therapy consistently engages the morale, capabilities, and independence of clients with dementia. The result is a state of psychological wellbeing which helps to prevent, reduce or eliminate difficult behaviors, even as the illness progresses.
Dementia Care Professionals
Seniors and their loved ones should seek the highest quality dementia care to make sure that clients are in good hands. At ComForcare, we strive to deliver the best Fort Worth dementia care services to our clients. Call us today at (817) 479-9345 to discuss your dementia senior care needs and how we can help you and your loved ones to achieve comfort and peace of mind.