There are a number of healthcare professionals who can assist in diagnosing dementia and dementia care.
Your local Doctor – you can ask your doctor about your dementia symptoms, types of dementia and dementia medication. The doctor may refer you onto one of the below.
Geriatrician – a doctor who specializes in care for the elderly. A geriatrician helps in the managing of dementia care, symptoms, medication.
The Psychiatry of Later Life Team – This team works with local doctors, hospitals and general healthcare services for the elderly to provide specialist mental health services including dementia care. Efforts are made to match community dementia care services with the individual care needs. Therapy, anxiety control, psycho education and medication info is provided.
Neurologist – a doctor who specializes in brain conditions. A neurologist can help an individual deal with a diagnosis and manage emerging symptoms of dementia.
Public Health Nurse – A public health nurse helps individuals access home support dementia care services and in the controlling of the dementia condition.
Regular light activity – such as short walks or gardening
Socializing – Spending time with family, friends, community gatherings or religious meetings.
Brain Exercises – whether it’s crosswords, reading a new or an old hobby.
Build routines – make routines so that every day has structure.
Eat and sleep well – make sure you are getting a balanced diet and plenty sleep
Avoid falls by installing hand rails, removing clutter and ensuring stairs are as safe as possible.
Keep medication organised in a dispenser.
Keep large clocks in commonly used areas, preferably one with a date.
Keep mobile/home phone nearby and make sure phone numbers are easily accessible
Ensure lighting in house is bright enough
Whilst at first it may be preferable to keep an individual suffering from dementia in their home, given the severity of their condition and the amount of time/capabilities a caregiver has to offer, it may not be the best or safest option for the individual or their caregiver(s).
If an individual cannot perform a lot of the below tasks, it is recommended that looking into nursing home options is considered;
Cannot go grocery shopping
Cannot prepare their own meals
Unable to do housekeeping
Unable to do laundry
Depends on others for travel
Cannot manage their own medication
Cannot manage their money
Unable to use telephone
If the majority of the above apply to you and you are considering a nursing home, see our guides on choosing a nursing home and paying for nursing home care. If you are looking for a nursing home with one of the top dementia care facilities in Ireland, Trinity Care provide top-class accommodation through;
Experienced, knowledgeable and friendly staff that encourage residents to be themselves and express personality.
Secure Dementia friendly environment including secure dementia gardens, flooring, furniture, signage and room layout are all dementia friendly.
Each home has a maximum of two floors to limit staircase use of residents.
Organizing very regular activities for residents to partake in and socialize with the aim of prolonging residents' cognitive and mental skills. These include; baking, playing games, visits from musicians, trips to local attractions.
Encourage residents to utilize excellent garden facilities and partake in gardening, if they so wish.
Open visiting hours – friends and relatives are encouraged to visit residents whenever suits them.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about the services Trinity Care has to offer.