Dementia Awareness Month 2018

on the Tuesday, September 11, 2018

September is Dementia Awareness Month – a campaign run by Dementia Australia.  Dementia Awareness Month aims to encourage Australian’s to become aware of dementia and all its different forms, and gain a greater understanding of what it’s like for someone living with dementia.

This year’s theme is Small actions, big difference. We as a community can take small actions that create a big difference for people whose lives have been impacted by dementia, including families and carers.

What is dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe disorders affecting the brain. Dementia isn’t one specific disease. The most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s, Vascular dementia, and Parkinson’s disease just to name a few.

Dementia affects a person’s thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks.

Early signs of dementia can include:

  • Progressive and frequent memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Personality change
  • Apathy and withdrawal
  • Loss of ability to perform everyday tasks

It is important that a medical diagnosis is sought when symptoms of dementia first begin to appear.

How Oxley Home Care can help those living with dementia

Oxley Home Care can provide a range of individualised support services for people living with dementia and their carers. These support services include:

  • Personal care: showering, dressing, grooming, dental hygiene and denture care
  • Early intervention: health and lifestyle coaching for those living with dementia
  • Preparing and serving of meals
  • Daily living support
  • Domestic assistance
  • Transport to appointments and social events
  • Shopping and errands
  • Companionship
  • Leisure activities

Oxley Home Care also provides respite support for carers so they can rest and re-energise knowing that their loved ones are well taken care of.

To find out more, contact Oxley Home Care on 1800 221 039.