Steps to take after a dementia diagnosis

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, the first few days can be quite overwhelming. A dementia diagnosis can often lead to feelings of fear, confusion, anger, sadness or loneliness. Post diagnosis is a crucial time when the person needs extra care and support to navigate their diagnosis.

In May, we observed Dementia Action Week (13-19 May) to raise awareness about dementia, its diagnosis and care. Not just in May but throughout this year, Alzheimer’s Society has urged people to share their diagnosis stories with an aim to emphasise the importance of prioritising dementia by prioritising dementia diagnosis.

Getting an early and proper diagnosis for dementia has a lot of benefits. Research shows that 91% of people living with dementia have said that getting a proper diagnosis has helped them in their journey. However, 1 in 3 people in the UK living with dementia do not have a diagnosis. 

A dementia diagnosis is important to give people access to the treatment, care and support they need to live a healthy and happy life.

At Crouched Friars, we support people living with dementia to lead a dignified and independent life. As dementia-specialists, we understand the importance of proper care and support during this time. Here are some steps you can take when you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia:

 

Educate yourself: 

Knowledge is empowering. Familiarise yourself with different types of dementia, how they can affect one, and the treatments available to you. Reputable sources like the Alzheimer’s Society offer a wealth of information.

 

Seek support: 

You don’t have to go through this alone. Connect with support groups or dementia charities. Talking to others who understand can provide invaluable emotional support and practical advice. At Crouched Friars, our doors are always open to you if you wish to speak to a dementia specialist.

 

Plan for the future: 

While the future may seem uncertain, planning can bring peace of mind. Discuss your loved ones wishes, lasting power of attorney and healthcare choices while they are still able to make decisions. Consider creating a “memory box” filled with cherished items that can be a source of comfort later.

 

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: 

Maintaining good physical and mental health are crucial during this time. Encourage a balanced diet, regular exercise, and activities that stimulate the mind, like listening to music, walking or doing puzzles. Here at Crouched Friars, we create a stimulating environment with activities tailored to individual needs.

 

Focus on quality of life: 

A dementia diagnosis doesn’t mean the end of a happy life. Focus on activities your loved one enjoys and can still participate in. Here at Crouched Friars, we prioritise a person-centred approach, celebrating each resident’s unique talents and catering to their individual preferences.

Remember that a dementia diagnosis doesn’t have to define your life or future. With knowledge, planning and support, you and your loved ones can navigate this journey together and we’re always here to help.

If you’d like more information or support, please feel free to contact us at 01206 572647 or drop by our lovely home in Colchester.

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