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The facts about Dementia. Why dementia therapy is beneficial

If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with dementia, or you’ve noticed a change in their personality and want to understand more about the disease, it’s important to know the positive impact early intervention can have on them.

In this article, we outline some of the facts and myths around dementia and how dementia therapy at a dedicated day centre can have huge benefits.

Dementia facts you need to know

  1. Dementia can have an effect on an individual’s memory, mood, thinking, perception, language and problem-solving abilities.
  2. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, in the UK, there are over 850,000 people living with dementia.
  3. There are various different types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common.
  4. Dementia day care can initially seem expensive, however, many of our members will be either fully or partly funded by social services.
  5. Regular social engagement and external stimulation can help to slow disease progression.
  6. Visiting a dementia day centre actually doubles the amount of time the individual will be able to stay at home living with the illness rather than going into a care home.
  7. Whilst not everyone will follow the same dementia journey, common symptoms include memory loss, disorientation, and a difficulty to perform daily tasks.
  8. There is no prevention for dementia, however, research has shown that a healthy lifestyle including diet, fitness and staying socially active can have a positive effect on the chance of getting dementia early.

Read more dementia facts here >>

Dementia myths uncovered

Myth: Once an individual is diagnosed with dementia, there is nothing that can be done.

Fact: It’s true that dementia is incurable, however, research has shown that it can definitely be slowed down. From our years of experience dealing with individuals who have dementia, we believe strongly that with regular support this is true.

Myth: Everyone will get dementia in their life, it’s a normal part of ageing.

Fact: This is not true, in fact, only 10-20% of individuals over the age of 65 will be diagnosed with dementia.

Myth: You can only be diagnosed with dementia when you’re over 65 years old.

Fact: Whilst this age has a higher chance of getting dementia, you may be surprised to hear that in fact over 42,000 people in the UK that are under 65 have been diagnosed with the disease.

Why is dementia therapy beneficial?

Having the correct support and dementia therapy regularly can assist in managing some of the symptoms of the disease.

Our main dementia day centre in Devon has proven this research. Putting into practice key dementia therapy techniques has provided families with important feedback about the disease and the deterioration of their loved one.

The Ness Shed, which opened in May 2019, has given us the chance to explore new techniques, and allows our members to participate in activities that resonate most with their own backgrounds or interests.

Our dementia therapy techniques are never a ‘one size fits all’ approach, as we understand that everyone diagnosed with the disease will deal with it in different ways. Some individuals will struggle more with their memory loss than others, whilst confidence and physical mobility can also become progressively worse.

The main areas that dementia therapy helps with are:

  • Mobility & exercise
  • Confidence
  • Speech
  • Memory
  • Engagement with others

If you want to read more about how early intervention is key to slowing down the deterioration of the disease, click here.

Why choose Atlas for dementia therapy?

We have options for individuals at every stage of the disease; if your loved one is not ready to visit a day centre then we offer specialist home enablement, allowing our carers to visit and provide care and support in the comfort of their own home.

Alternatively, for those that require support more often, The Ness Dementia Centre allows individuals to maintain social connections as well as receive expert therapy with bespoke plans to support them.

Lastly, our newest service, The Ness Shed, provides individuals with shorter classes alongside trained enablers, to take part in activities such as woodwork and pottery.

Did you know, we were recently awarded bronze in The Memory Lane Outstanding Care Awards! Keep up to date with our achievements on our Facebook page or read our reviews here.

Read more about our centres and how they are changing perceptions of day care here >>

Book a free trial at our dementia day centre!

If you recognise the importance of early intervention and the positive effect it can have on someone living with dementia, we would recommend booking a free trial at either The Ness Shed or The Ness Dementia Centre.

Simply, get in touch via our contact form here, or call our team a call on 01626 774 799.


The importance of early intervention when looking for dementia respite care near me

Although there is, unfortunately, no cure yet for dementia, there are many studies around how you can slow down the deterioration caused by the disease. At our dementia respite care centres, our aim is to work with the individual to provide the best possible plan for them to slow down the negative effects. This is a much easier process if respite and therapy are provided in the early stages.

Read on to find out the importance of early intervention when caring for individuals with dementia.

How can I spot the signs of dementia?

Many people believe that dementia is just linked with memory loss, however, it’s much more than this and can also have an effect on individuals’;

  • Mental health
  • Speech
  • Thoughts and behaviors
  • Confidence

Aging is inevitable, and sometimes with this comes memory loss, but not everyone who suffers from memory loss is diagnosed with dementia. Here are some other common early signs of the disease:

  • A sudden change in mood
  • Confusion or lack of focus
  • Lack of orientation and direction
  • Change in language, including repeating themselves

If you spot any of these in your loved one, it’s important to visit your GP as soon as possible, as they may be able to diagnose the disease early.

Benefits of early intervention

Many people are so scared of the disease that they won’t get a diagnosis, but in fact, dementia doesn’t mean they’ll lose all their independence or self-worth. Getting the right support early will help both the individual and those around them deal with it in the best possible way and allow them to get the help required to slow it down.

Our dementia respite care centre provides the following benefits:

  • Improved confidence and social interaction
  • Increased physical movement
  • Improved well-being

Dementia research around early intervention…

Research is constantly being completed around early intervention and the effect it has on dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society UK has released some of the following interesting statistics;

There has been a 56% rise in the number of people diagnosed with dementia from 2010/11 to 2015/16. – This means more people are getting an earlier diagnosis and seeking help and support sooner. Read more about the number of people diagnosed here.

85% of people want to stay at home as long as possible after a diagnosis of dementia, 47% think they would be able to – With the support of our dementia day centres and our dementia home care scheme, this is made possible for many.

36% of carers spend more than 100 hours per week caring for a person with dementia. – We can lighten the load from carers by providing flexible care during the weekdays. Some only require care at our centres 1 or 2 times a week, whilst others prefer to visit more often.

How we create a bespoke plan for each individual

No two individuals will live with dementia in the same way, and that’s why a ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t work for our members. Instead, we establish their needs early on to work out the best plan to support them.

For some members, social communication may be lacking so we will put them in a safe and comforting environment to help them improve on this.

At The Ness Dementia Centre, each room has been designed with someone living with dementia in mind, the colours and shapes we use within the decor can have a huge impact and all of this has been taken into consideration.

Looking for dementia respite care near me?

With our centre based in Teignmouth, South Devon, we are suited for individuals looking for dementia care within a 10 – 20 mile radius, we also offer a pickup service from some locations to take the pressure off the main carer.

If your loved one is looking for dementia care now, regardless of what stage they are in, we offer a free trial for both our main centre and The Ness Shed, which offers short classes throughout the week. Alternatively, take a look at our memory cafes and dementia home care services.

Get in touch with our team to book a free trial by calling us on 01626 774 799 or emailing us on [email protected].

Dementia respite care near me… activities to support your loved one’s well being and keep their body & mind active

Definition: Respite care is planned or emergency temporary care provided to caregivers of a child or adult.

As professionals that know a lot about dementia and the effect it can have on an individual’s family and carers, we understand the importance of respite care for both the person living with the disease and the person looking after them. Respite care can be looked at in 2 ways:

  1. Support for the carer, giving them a break from caring and allowing them to recharge their batteries.
  2. Support for the individual, seeing to additional needs that the main carer may not be able to help with on a day-to-day basis.

As dementia respite care may not be required all day, every day, a dementia day centre acts as the perfect place for the individual to attend 2-4 days a week. In this article, we outline the ways our dementia respite centre supports your loved one’s well being and keeps their body and mind active.

Interaction with others is key

In some cases, before attending a dementia day centre, carers report that social interaction is lacking. This is mainly down to the carer supporting their needs within their own home, without realising the importance of communication with others.

Our respite centre cares for around 15 people per day, all with varying degrees of dementia. Sometimes a conversation with someone new is just what’s needed to spark a memory or thought, similarly, the activities we get our members involved in really help to keep their mind active.

Group activities such as puzzles and games, singing and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) support this and research has proven it greatly improves their wellbeing and general mood.

Regular exercise provides well-needed physical stimulation

Keeping your body active is vital at any age, this is why we introduce some of the following activities into our plan for all members:

  • Chair yoga
  • Dancing
  • Tai-Chi
  • Ping Pong
  • Gardening

We are also lucky enough to have a physiotherapist with a specialty in dementia, who visits our centre on Fridays. Pauline supports members with;

  • Walking better
  • Improving confidence
  • Recovery after surgery
  • Strength, balance and flexibility

In addition, we also take our members out on day trips to visit local attractions, a very popular one we did recently was a visit to Buckfast Abbey. We also take trips to local garden centres, national parks and nearby towns. There’s always something fun going on!

Learn more about what a day at The Ness Dementia Centre looks like here.

Don’t think you can afford respite care?

A misconception of dementia care is that it will be far too expensive to afford when compared to the cost of a full-time carer. In fact, many members receive full or part funding from the NHS and social services to afford their day respite care.

You can learn more about the funding available to you by visiting this website here, and we will always be happy to support you and help navigate the financial process.

Don’t just take our word for it…

We understand that choosing the right respite care for your loved one is a hugely important decision, with their safety, security and wellness being paramount.

We’re proud to have received countless feedback from carers and members’ families about our centre, plus, we’ve even won awards across Devon for our innovative way of helping individuals living with dementia, you can find out more about our awards via our Facebook page.

Read what our members and their loved ones think of our dementia respite care centre >>

Contact The Ness Dementia Centre for a free respite care trial

We want you to feel comfortable leaving our centre knowing that your loved will receive the care and attention they require to keep their mind and body stimulated. For this reason, we always offer new members an initial free trial, so you can get a better understanding of how we work before making any commitment.

You can book your free trial by getting in contact using the form below or calling our team on 01626 774 799.

What members should expect at our dementia day centre

Full-time care isn’t for everyone, and for some individuals, with or without dementia, they will want to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. With the right amount of care and support, this is totally doable and is where our dementia day care centre comes in. In this article, we explain a bit more about what our members can expect from their time at The Ness Dementia Centre.

Introducing a new routine

In a lot of cases, individuals may be cared for by just one person, whether that’s a family member or carer. This can be a tricky job to do full time, and in some cases, the individual won’t always be getting all their care needs catered for. This may be down to inexperience, knowledge or just lack of time, but, getting the right care can have a huge impact on the deterioration of the disease.

When a new member joins our dementia day centre, we introduce the new routine slowly, to not confuse them. This could mean we start the individual with just 1 day a week at our centre, and then establish the best plan for them. Some members will only attend our centre for a couple of days a week, others will come Monday – Friday. However often you choose to attend, you can rest assured they will get the same level of care regardless.

A varied activity plan

This is one element that really sets our service apart from what individual carers can offer those living with dementia. Our varied activity plan encompasses not just activities at our centre but also regular day trips in the local area. With the ratio of staff members being 3:1, we can cater for various activities at once. We understand that not every member wants to do the same thing, and each person requires a different plan. Whilst some members enjoy more practical one on one activities, others may develop better in a larger group. Here’s an example of some of our activities:

Arts and crafts – Research has shown that creative activities improve both mood and cognitive function and are a great way for members to express themselves.

Music and dance – Jade, one of our activity coordinators has seen the huge impacts that dance and music has on those living with dementia by improving their cognitive function, and is something that we regularly love to get everyone involved in. You may even see our members giving ‘The Floss’ a good go every now and then.

Animal therapy – This style of therapy has masses of benefits, including reducing the risk of depression, improving mood and general quality of life, increasing social interaction and confidence and being a calming effect for adults. We love seeing their faces light up when our therapy animals come to visit.

Specialist knowledge and highly qualified professionals

As a team, we are always keeping on top of the latest dementia research, and putting into practice new methods to hopefully slow down the effects of the disease. Dementia is a complicated condition, of which, unfortunately, there is yet to be a cure for. However, by introducing various methods to improve confidence, communication, and memory, we are able to hugely impact every individual’s life.

Our staff are trained to deal with the day-to-day life of those living with dementia, with many of the team trained specifically in different therapy techniques such as reminiscence therapy for adults with cognitive impairment.

Additional support for their friends and family

Not only are we supporting those individuals living with dementia, but we also support family and friends too, you can use us as your own personal dementia support service. Whether it’s information on how to aide your loved one in dealing with their disease or to keep us in the know about how they are doing when they are at home.

It helps hugely for us to know if you notice a difference after visiting the dementia day centre, as this can help us to establish which triggers are working effectively. Has their confidence improved at home? Are they more independent out of the day centre? Are they communicating with you more?

Access to additional services

As well as The Ness Dementia Centre, we also offer various other services which can be taken advantage of as a member…

  • Home enablement – whether this is used alongside the dementia day centre or on its own, our home enablement works in a similar way. One-to-one support can be provided in the comfort of their own home, and sometimes is a good starting point before bringing them to the centre.
  • The Ness Shed – new to 2019, The Ness Shed is a creative space that allows individuals to take part in short classes promoting manual activities such as woodwork, carpentry and fixing. This is also another great service that pairs perfectly with home enablement and the main centre.
  • Links with local care homes – our connections with many local care homes means that we can make the best recommendations for full-time care. Many care homes use our dementia day centre as part of their care plan.

Book a free trial at our dementia day centre

Free trials are a great way to get a better understanding of our centre, our approach to care and meet our team and the other members.

Simply get in touch with our team to book your free trial by emailing us here or calling us on 01626 774 799.

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