Vascular Dementia Care
Vascular Dementia is also known as Vascular Cognitive Impairment and after Alzheimers is one of the most common types of dementia. Between 1% to 4% of people over the age of 65 have Vascular Dementia .
Vascular Dementia is caused by impaired blood flow to the brain which means brain cells do not receive the nutrients or oxygen they need to function properly. This could be a narrowing or a complete blockage. It could also occur after a single major stroke and is sometimes labelled as post-stroke dementia. Approximately one-third of people who have a stroke will develop dementia within 6 months.
For the individual and their family and friends, living with the enormity of dementia can be baffling. A person with Vascular Dementia may have long periods of time when their condition plateaus and then it may suddenly worsen. 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 Vascular Dementia
Vascular Dementia Symptoms:
The first symptons are often problems with reflexes, walking and muscle weakness. Later there are often multiple cognitive problems such as memory loss, impaired communication (aphasia), ability to carry out simple motor tasks (apraxia) and ability to receive or correctly understand information from the senses of hearing, smell, taste, touch and vision (agnosia).
For the majority of people , the symptons make it difficult to continue living independently.
Vascular 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. Vascular Dementia is usually identified through scans which show narrowed or blocked arteries.
NHS Choices – Dementia Guide
NHS Choices – Vascular Dementia