Dementia Care must be Extensively Personalised

Every type of condition led care should be personalised. This is a prerequisite. Some conditions are easier to manage for the nursing and support staff. A few medical conditions have a smaller range of symptoms and the level of assistance needed by the patients may be nominal. Some medical conditions have a vast range of symptoms and they can vary widely among patients who are otherwise diagnosed with the same level of severity. The assistance required would also be quite varied and can be nominal, moderate or extensive. Dementia care falls into the latter category wherein the entire approach should be extensively personalised based on the specific symptoms and the level of assistance needed.

Dementia is often equated with memory loss. While memory loss is indeed one of the more common symptoms of dementia, it is not the only one and those who have problems with recollection are likely to have other issues as well. Dementia can have an impact on language and communication. People suffering from dementia may be unable to pay attention or focus. Judgment, reasoning and other basic cognitive functions may be impaired. A person may also struggle with visual perception. These are just some of the many varying symptoms of people suffering from dementia. The severity of these symptoms may also vary. The cause of dementia along with the facilitating factors of this progressive condition must also be factored in while charting the course of care, assistance and nursing. The three should adhere to the prescribed or required medical intervention.

Dementia can worsen with depression, side effects of medication, alcoholism, thyroid issues and vitamin deficiencies among others. As an isolated condition, side effects of medication or depression, thyroid problems or alcoholism and even vitamin deficiencies may not be as alarming as they are when there is a direct causal effect on dementia. The symptoms can get severe if any of the facilitating factors are not taken care of. The nature of dementia care should hence be meticulously planned and chosen. There should be extensive consultation among the care, nursing and support staff with the active involvement of the family and the patient should be specifically attended to depending on the pressing symptoms, the diagnosed cause and the recommended treatment. People respond to treatments for dementia in various ways. Their progression would also vary. It is thus imperative such specifics are taken into account to plan the extensively personalised dementia care.