Dementia is a complicated disorder. In fact, it is not a disorder or any specific condition. Dementia is a group of different conditions, all associated with cognitive functions. Almost all kinds of dementia are confined to loss of memory and errors in judgement. Two specific brain functions are impaired to varying degrees and the exact condition is described and defined accordingly. Since dementia is not one particular disorder, there are varying symptoms and naturally the care needed for anyone diagnosed with one of the conditions in the group must be personalised to be appropriate. General live-in dementia care is inappropriate. While bespoke live-in dementia care is available, it puts substantial stress on the expertise and experience of the caregiver. The needs of a patient can only be prioritised and attended to by focusing on the attributes of the caregiver.
- Someone in charge of live-in dementia care must have prior experience of attending to patients having similar symptoms. As mentioned already, dementia symptoms vary so someone who has experience of dealing with the specific problems a patient is experiencing would be the best choice. This calls for special expertise. It is not uncommon for people diagnosed with dementia to require help from caregivers who are led by nurses or under the direct supervision of doctors. Some therapies and exercises may require proven skills and the nature of live-in dementia care you choose should satiate this requirement.
- Live-in dementia care has some quintessential requirements. The caregiver must be able to drive, they should be familiar and deft at household chores, administering medicines would not only be necessary but it would be imperative to ensure the specific times and doses are accurate as the patient may not be in a position to recall any pertinent details, taking care of other obligations of the patient may also be required and the caregiver might have to act as an intermediary between the patient and the family if the loss of memory is severe.
- It is best to consult an expert before determining the nature of live-in dementia care. It is not always easy for families to completely understand the needs of their loved one and hence they should not determine how a caregiver must personalise everything without the intervention of the doctor or someone who has relevant experience and experience. The nature of live-in dementia care may have to be reviewed as the symptoms worsen so the approach should be flexible enough to facilitate this.