What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of progressive conditions that affect the brain. Each type of dementia stops a person’s brain cells (neurones) working properly in specific areas, affecting their ability to remember, think and speak.
Doctors typically use the word ‘‘dementia’’ to describe common symptoms – such as memory loss, confusion, and problems with speech and understanding – that get worse over time.
Dementia can affect a person at any age but it’s more common in people over the age of 65. There are over 200 subtypes of dementia. The most common are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia.
By 2025, it’s estimated that over one million people in the UK will have a diagnosis of dementia – and almost all of us will know someone living with the condition.1
How Carecall can help
People living with dementia can be vulnerable, even in their own homes. Carecall offers a range of products which can be beneficial for someone with dementia, as well as their families and carers.
Linked to our alarm response centre we can offer the following technology-enabled care services*:
- GPS pendant alarms* in case your loved one gets lost or confused when out of the home.
- Door Sensors if your loved one is prone to purposeful walking. These sensors trigger an alarm call if a door is opened so that the monitoring centre can check the person is OK. These alarm calls can be set for certain times of the day if required.
- Medication reminders which alert our monitoring centre if your loved one doesn’t confirm they’ve taken their medication.
- A linked Smoke Detector that allows our monitoring centre to speak to the person in their home, to check everything is OK and alert the Fire Service if there is an emergency.
- A range of other sensors that can automatically alert our alarm response centre if, for example, a fire or a flood is detected, and a person needs assistance
Call us today on 0161 218 1655 to discuss how we can help live well with dementia.
For anyone living in Stockport (SK1-SK8) who is assessed as needing additional technology, this is provided at no extra cost to the standard Monitoring Only or Monitoring and Response Service.
For more information, visit the Dementia UK website.
*Carecall can only accept GPS alarm requests from a qualified professional at Stockport Adult Social Care, who will undertake a ‘Best Interests’ review before making the referral.