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The Importance Of Dementia

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Dementia is an umbrella term used to explain a progressive disorder that affects how the brain works and the ability to remember, think and reason. It is not a disease in itself – but a group of symptoms that may accompany a number of diseases that affect the brain. In 2012, the Alzheimer’s Society estimated that there were about 800,000 people with dementia in the UK. It is forecast that this number will continue to increase to over two million by 2051. (Alzheimer’s society 2014) The ambulance service receives approximately one third of their emergency call-outs from people 75 and over, a significant proportion of whom may have dementia. This essay aims to give the ambulance service a better understanding of what it is like to have dementia and look at ways to promote a high level of compassionate care for these patients, based on that understanding. It also looks at how treating someone with dementia can…show more content…
People have lived different lives, have gained their own experiences and have their own personalities. Dementia can often affect memories so it is important to focus on what the patient feels and can remember, not on what they may have…show more content…
This will affect their day-to-day life and they may have to adapt how they do things or relay on other people to complete everyday tasks and activities. When treating a patient with dementia it is often necessary to approach the situation in such a way to reduce the impact of these practical difficulties which will help the patient maintain a sense of normality. This will also help the patient feel independent and maintain their self-esteem. An example of this would be: contacting the patients doctor and organising a home visit from the patient. It could also be helpful to document when the doctor is attending so the patient will be reminded in case they forget the
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