Dementia Care

Dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder characterised by deterioration in cognitive ability.

Over the past few years, Samvedna has developed several programs that aim to provide holistic Dementia care programs to address the challenges faced by people who have Dementia. Right from assessments to understand the diagnosis, therapies for Dementia, programs to support family members and trained caregivers for personal care needs, our solutions are designed to help persons with Dementia and their families at all stages of the illness.

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We believe in improving the quality of life of persons living with Dementia and enabling them to live with dignity. Our intervention programs are guided by evidence-based practices and focus on person-centred care. They are well researched and are highly acknowledged by the medical community.

Caring for a loved one with Dementia can become challenging. Be it managing behaviour changes in your loved one, or taking decisions about how to provide care, we understand the importance of providing support to families. Our programs have been designed to empower family members in the caregiving process.

Dementia Care Services

Here are our Dementia care services. Click on the service to learn more and find the best care for yourself or your loved one.
Book an Assessment
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Detailed memory and clinical assessments are the prerequisite for developing a care plan. Assessment involves asking pertinent questions to the patient and the family to understand areas of concern and then giving recommendations accordingly.

Find a Dementia Caregiver
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Professionally trained Dementia caregivers give families a helping hand in managing the day-to-day activities of their loved ones. They are sensitised to the needs of persons with Dementia and can handle difficult behaviours.

Caregiver Enablement
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Being a caregiver for a person with Dementia is challenging. The caregiver enablement program helps caregivers become more aware of the illness and its course. Caregivers also get to learn how to manage challenging behaviours in Dementia.

Join a Support Group
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Support groups are a great way to meet people going through similar experiences. Most groups include a discussion with an expert, which caregivers often find useful in understanding Dementia.

Dementia Therapies
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Stimulation and memory exercises are recommended for persons with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. For severe deficits, multi-sensorial stimulation is often helpful.

Medical Consultation
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Medical experts specialising in geriatric issues are available for teleconsultation. Families can speak to the doctors from the comfort of their homes.

FAQs

Dementia is a syndrome, usually of a chronic or progressive nature, that leads to deterioration in cognitive functions such as memory, learning, information processing, language, decision making, etc.

The word Dementia is used to describe a set of symptoms that include problems with memory, decision-making, communication, confusion, changes in mood, behaviour, and hallucinations. Dementia can be caused by several diseases, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. Other causes of Dementia include Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, and frontotemporal Dementia. In some cases, a person’s Dementia is caused by more than one disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease and vascular Dementia. This is often called mixed Dementia. You can contact us for more information about the different causes of Dementia.

We can link the signs and symptoms of Dementia in three stages.

Early-stage : The early stage of Dementia is often overlooked because the onset is gradual. Common symptoms may include:
  • Forgetfulness
  • Losing track of time
  • Forgetting directions in familiar places.
Middle stage As Dementia progresses to the middle stage, the signs and symptoms become clearer and may include:
  • Becoming forgetful of recent events and people's names
  • Becoming confused while at home
  • Having increasing difficulty with communication
  • Needing help with personal care
  • Experiencing behaviour changes, including wandering and repeated questioning
Late-stage During the late stage of Dementia there is near-total dependency and inactivity. Memory disturbances are severe, and the physical signs and symptoms become more obvious and may include:
  • Becoming unaware of the time and place
  • Having difficulty recognising relatives and friends
  • Having an increasing need for assisted self-care
  • Having difficulty walking
  • Experiencing behaviour changes that may escalate and include aggression

Most of us forget things every day, like people’s names or where we put our keys. But this is not necessarily a sign of Dementia. Memory loss is more serious than forgetting things now and then. It’s severe when, for example, you get lost when going to the local shop.
There are many reasons why people experience memory problems. Some medicines and drugs can affect memory. Depression, anxiety, stress, vitamin deficiency, infections, and thyroid problems can also make people forget. You should speak to a specialist if you believe your memory is worsening or hampering your everyday life.

No, but most people with Dementia are over the age of 65. Globally, around 4 million adults develop Dementia before the age of  65, called early- or young-onset Dementia.

A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease. Your risk can be affected by things you cannot control, such as your age and genetics. However, factors you can change, such as how active you are or whether you smoke, can also alter your risk.
The biggest risk factor for developing Dementia is age. The older you are, the more likely you will develop the condition. Over half of the people with Alzheimer’s disease are over the age of 90, but it is essential to know that Dementia is not a normal part of ageing.

Although Dementia usually affects people as they get older, it is not a normal part of ageing. Many people mature into their 80s and 90s without developing Dementia. 

People with moderate and advanced Dementia typically need round-the-clock care and supervision to prevent them from harming themselves or others. They may also need assistance with daily activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing. Meeting these needs takes patience, understanding, and careful thought by the person’s caregivers.

Individuals with Dementia tend to do better at home. They prefer to remain in the comfort of a familiar environment since it provides security and peace of mind.

One needs to identify things that can be fun such as planning creative activities, games, and social activities which an individual with Dementia likes and can do comfortably and enjoy.

As a caregiver, let the doctor caring for your loved one know that you are the primary caregiver and need to be informed about your loved one’s condition and the treatments prescribed.
Get professional support or support from other people who are going through a similar experience by joining a support group.

Learning that someone you care about has just been diagnosed with Dementia can be life-changing. Taking care of a loved one with Dementia can get overwhelming, but too much stress is harmful to both caregiver and care recipient. Support and assistance become essential as the condition progresses.
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