Dementia is a symptom or a syndrome that refers to an impairment of at least two brain functions, severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is damage to or loss of the brain cells. The cause of this damage can be due to trauma, medication side effects, excessive alcohol intake, vitamin deficiencies, or some of the more common diseases like Alzheimer’s, Vascular Dementia, Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia, and Lewy Body Dementia.
- Alzheimer’s (see this video),
- Vascular Dementia can target any area where vascular damage, TIAs, or strokes damage the brain’s cells.
- Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) primarily affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.
- Lewy Body Dementia is often associated with Parkinson’s disease.
- Patients with Lewy Body Dementia often have personality, behavior, and language changes but can include hallucinations and a loss of impulse control.
Consultation with a neurologist is crucial since proper diagnosis of the cause of Dementia can provide better dementia care.
Texas Angels understand that Dementia is very difficult for clients and their families. Family caregivers can significantly reduce stress and hardship with proper support. Our caregivers have special training to provide that support. We understand the different causes of Dementia, the associated symptoms, and how to uniquely address them based on the client’s specific needs to provide the best possible Dementia CareTexas Angels use a care model:
- Based on positive emotional support for both client and family;
- Identification of strengths and capabilities
- Allow clients to use these in their daily activities.
- We identify triggers that lead to inappropriate or unwanted behaviors. Caregivers then avoid triggers (including frustrating tasks or exposure to difficult situations) and use various techniques,
- Redirection to decrease stress, diffuse situations, and minimize negative behaviors.
- Provide support and assistance with ADLs, IADLs,
- Home exercise programs, as determined by your physical therapist or physician, help diffuse triggers.