People-centered Living

The Significance of Lifestyle on a Person with Dementia It is well-documented that human mental health emerges from a complex interplay between genetic, psychological, lifestyle, and other factors. In addition, people are also exposed to numerous environments. These environmental exposures (e.g., green space, noise, air pollution, weather conditions, housing conditions) might trigger mental disorders or […]

Dehydration causes confusion, but did you know that confusion can be the catalyst for dehydration?

Preventing dehydration in people with dementia How much do we take for granted our ability to satisfy our own needs? When we are cold, we reach for a jumper; when we are restless, we go for a walk; when hunger strikes we head to the kitchen; when it’s warm, and our mouth is dry we […]

Behaviour changes in those with dementia Understanding triggers, keeping your people safe, and the importance of asking for help

A care home’s management of dementia is broad. It involves ongoing care, support, and evaluation from—and not limited to—in-house Health Care Professionals (HCP’s), families, social workers, nurses, GP’s, mental health practitioners, and Dementia Intensive Support (DIS) teams.  Timely comeback from external support teams is essential in keeping both the individual and other care home residents […]

Nutrition The positive impacts of social dining at Christmas, and every day for people with dementia

Laughter, conversation, and the chinking of wine glasses were just some of the sounds that delighted me as our residents shared Christmas dinner with both their carers and their families at Ixworth Court Dementia Village. The cooking from our in-house chef filled our care home with delicious aromas that enticed residents to take their seats […]

Don’t be afraid, I’m not a tiger- strategies for managing a state of alert in people with Dementia

The brain is a complex yet magnificent organ that functions as the hub of our sensations, intellect, and nervous activity. A specific part of the brain called the hypothalamus is responsible for a human’s fight-or-flight response—sometimes referred to as hyperarousal or acute-stress-response. The hypothalamus protects us by alerting us and responding to dangers without the […]

I want to go home…

I want to go home Living with dementia and the desire to ‘go home.’ Just like you and I, people with dementia enjoy the time of others and like to be listened to. They need to feel understood, and they want to feel accepted. Home can be thought of as our safe-haven, a place of […]

It’s time for change in the way we care for people with Dementia in the UK in Care Homes and Nursing Homes. Fish and Chip Friday

1 in every 14 of the population aged 65 years and over has dementia in the UK.  There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 Yet, we are lagging behind in how to care for people with dementia, the traditional care home and nursing home still look after […]