Lewy Body Dementia Care
Lewy Body Dementia is also referred to as DLB or Dementia with Lewy Bodies. After Alzheimers it is one of the most common types of dementia and affects approximately 100,000 people in the UK.
Lewy Body Dementia is caused by clumps of protein forming inside brain cells. These clumps of proteins are called Lewy bodies and interfere with how signals are sent between brain cells typically around the areas of thinking, visual perception and muscle movement. Why these deposits develop and how they damage the brain is unclear.
For the individual and their family and friends, living with the enormity of dementia can be overwhelming. People are affected by dementia in different ways and have varying levels of family and friend support, so no care plan should be the same.
At Lillyfields we provide staff who are experienced in dementia to help keep quality of life and enable people to stay in their own home. We are flexible in our approach and always aim to make any care plan fit with individual needs.
Typical activities include:
- Medicine management
- Bathing and dressing
- Catheter care and continence management
- Help to establish regular exercise into the structure of the day
- Diet management – checking fluid levels and ensuring there is a balanced diet
- Assisting with routine household chores and shopping
- Companionship and helping you to be involved in social activities.
Our services provide the practical support and care needed to maintain the best possible quality of life.
About Lewy Body Dementia
Lewy Body Dementia Symptoms:
There are a wide range of symptons. Typically a person with dementia with Lewy bodies may show:
- problems with memory and understanding
- stiff limbs and tremors
- hallucinations and disturbed sleep with violent movements and shouting
The symptons make daily life very difficult and eventually the person will need help looking after themselves.
Lewy Body Dementia Diagnosis:
A doctor will initially carry out checks to see whether the symptons are caused by another condition. The GP will then make a referral to a dementia specialist. The dementia specialist could come from a background of a psychiatrist with experience of dementia, an elderly care physician or a neurologist. Brain scans are often used to look closely for problems with the brain.
NHS Choices – Dementia Guide
NHS Choices – Lewy Body Dementia