The term "dementia" refers to a class of degenerative brain diseases, typically of a chronic and progressive nature, that affect memory, thinking, behavior, and the ability to perform everyday activities. Worldwide, it is estimated that the number of people living with dementia could approach 150 million within the next thirty years. If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia, or you suspect they suffer from it, here are 3 things to know about dementia care:
1. It's important to find a caring facility for your loved one living with dementia. Being a full-time caregiver for a dementia patient is a 24-hour job, and can be extremely overwhelming. "We offer a safe and secure place for dementia patients to live once their behaviors cause a need for an increased level of care," explained Leanne Schwickerath, R.N. Coordinator of Assisted Living for Newton Village. "Our dedicated Dementia Unit is for patients who have been diagnosed with dementia by their physician. We offer an assisted living level of care for residents who are able to directly make their needs known."
2. Living alone isn't safe for someone living with dementia. "Many dementia patients don't sleep through the night, and they can wander," added Schwickerath. "It's important to watch for certain behaviors that creep in over time that are the hallmarks of dementia. One prominent behavior is characterized by the person not being where they should be, and they don't realize how they got there or how to get back home. Increased confusion and poor decision-making are problematic and unsafe for the patient."
3. Newton Village offers 24/7 on-site staff to care for dementia patients. "Our residents are never alone or unsupervised," said Schwickerath. "Our doors are alarmed to prevent them from leaving unexpectedly. We offer consistent, routine checks and engage our residents mentally, physically, and spiritually for the highest level of care."
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110 N. 5th Avenue W
Newton, Iowa 50208