At North Haven, we ensure the value of person-centred care and support is delivered to all the people we care and support for, including people with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s disease. Many people with this progressive condition prefer to remain in their own home for as long as practicably possible, rather than move to residential care or nursing homes.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and affects one in three people over the age of 65 years. It is caused by a physical disease which progressively attacks the brain. The symptoms include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with speech and understanding
- Periods of mental confusion
- Changes in behaviour and emotional responses
- Problems with movement
- Increased apathy
- Loss of confidence
Nevertheless, with the right care and support, people with Alzheimer’s disease can continue to live well in their own homes, avoiding the need for residential care or nursing homes.