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Dementia Care Options for Your Loved One

The memories we make with our family and friends are irreplaceable. From birthdays to vacations, to graduations, these moments make up the patch quilt of our lives. So when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, it can feel as though your whole world has been turned upside down. Understandably, a diagnosis of dementia impacts not only the individual but also those who are a part of that special quilt.

Do you have questions about dementia?

Are you interested in finding innovative care and therapy options?

Do you want to learn more about a memory care community that can help to provide such options?

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a term used to describe an individual’s decline in memory or his or her ability to think, which affects their ability to adequately perform everyday activities.One of the most common types of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for approximately 60 to 80 percent of all cases. The second most common type of dementia is vascular dementia – one that occurs after a stroke. However, there are several other conditions that may cause symptoms of dementia.

Since dementia is progressive, its symptoms worsen over time. Although there is currently no cure, we are able to improve the quality of life for those with dementia and their loved ones. We love and care for your family as we do our own.

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What are the 7 stages of dementia?

STAGE 1: NO COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

Though it may seem odd, the lowest dementia stage on the scale is normal mental functioning, or no cognitive impairment. There are no signs or symptoms of dementia, memory loss, behavioral problems or other changes associated with the onset of dementia.

STAGE 2: VERY MILD COGNITIVE DECLINE

Where the heck did I put my keys? What was that person’s name? According to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, at least half of the over-65 population reports some minor age-related forgetfulness. Caregivers or medical providers may not even notice such mild impairment, and it is not considered to be actual dementia, though it is part of the scale of dementia stages and may precede more noticeable cognitive decline.

STAGE 3: MILD COGNITIVE DECLINE

When memory and cognitive problems become more regular, as well as noticeable to caregivers and loved ones, a person is said to be suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Since mild cognitive decline can herald more severe stages of dementia in the future, it is important to recognize the signs of this stage in order to alleviate stress in the person, as well as initiate a medical course of action in the event that the dementia is treatable. Though MCI does not generally have a major impact on day-to-day functioning, some common signs include:

  • Impaired work performance
  • Memory loss and forgetfulness
  • Verbal repetition
  • Impaired organization and concentration
  • Trouble with complex tasks and problem solving
  • Difficulties with driving

STAGE 4: MODERATE COGNITIVE DECLINE

At this point, a person has clearly visible signs of mental impairment that point to early-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to worsening of the symptoms discussed above, caregivers should stay alert for signs of:

  • social withdrawal
  • emotional moodiness
  • lack of responsiveness
  • reduced intellectual acuity
  • trouble with routine tasks
  • denial of symptoms

STAGE 5: MODERATELY SEVERE COGNITIVE DECLINE

Beginning at stage 5 and continuing into the later stages of dementia, a person may no longer be able to carry out normal day-to-day activities such as dressing or bathing without some caregiver assistance. Also, stage 5 marks the onset of what many professionals refer to as mid-stage dementia. Other symptoms that manifest during this stage include:

  • pronounced memory loss, including memory of personal details and current events
  • confusion and forgetfulness
  • further reduced mental acuity and problem solving ability

STAGE 6: SEVERE COGNITIVE DECLINE

Stage 6 is also known as middle dementia or moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease, depending on the diagnosis. This dementia stage is characterized by a need for caregiver help to perform even basic daily activities, such as dressing, eating, using the toilet and other self-care. Further symptoms may include sleep difficulties, incontinence, personality changes including paranoia or delusions, anxiety, pronounced memory loss and inability to recognize loved ones.

STAGE 7: VERY SEVERE COGNITIVE DECLINE

In severe Alzheimer’s disease or late-stage dementia, a person is essentially unable to care for themselves, and suffers from both communication and motor impairment. They may lose the ability to speak, walk or smile without help.

Whether your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-causing illness, familiarizing yourself with the seven clinically recognized stages of dementia can help you arrange for the care they need, when they need it.

Sources:

  • WebMD.com, 2012
  • Mayo Clinic, 2012
  • Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 2011
  • A Place for Mom, 2019

What the main causes of dementia?

Dementia is usually caused by degeneration in the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for thoughts, memories, actions, and personality. Death of brain cells in this region leads to the cognitive impairments that characterise dementia.
We love and care for your family as we do our own.

Kensington Place Redwood City, a Caring Community for those with Dementia

At Kensington Place in Redwood City, we care deeply about the health, happiness, and safety of your loved one. In fact, we love and care for your family as we do our own. Though we recognize the challenges and concerns that may arise surrounding a diagnosis of dementia, we work alongside you to provide support in a manner that is customized to your loved one’s individual case.

With a state-of-the-art memory care program and a staff-to-resident ratio based upon resident needs, we provide manageable, comfortable, and compassionate care for your loved one by utilizing the following:

  • Licensed nurse on-site 24/7
  • Dedicated Director of Memory Care
  • Specialized Memory Care team
  • Comprehensively trained caregivers and staff
  • Psychological and psychiatric services
  • On-site physical therapy & fitness center

We believe that each resident is extremely valuable and important – regardless of the severity of his or her memory loss. That’s why we don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all mentality. Instead, we cater to each individual. We capitalize on our residents’ strengths.

We believe in discovering different ways to find the beauty in each moment. We provide individual services that aid us in creating an environment in which we can achieve that:

  • Extensive support programs
    • Wheelchair assistance
    • Two-person or three-person assists
    • Wound care
    • Hospice
  • Medication and diabetes management
  • Rehabilitation
    • Physical
    • Occupational
    • Speech
  • Accommodation of special diets all overseen by a registered dietitian
    • Diabetic
    • Renal
    • Gluten-free
    • Vegetarian
Kensington Place and You - Partners in Providing Memory Care for Your Loved One

At the Forefront of Dementia Therapies

Kensington Place is a unique memory care community that utilizes state-of-the-art therapies to create customized, individual service plans to help each resident achieve his or her personal needs and desires. Not only do we take into account the physical aspects of each individual’s health, but we also strive to care for their cognitive and spiritual health equally. We provide the following to help enrich the lives of your loved one:

  • Regular family nights
  • Regular support groups
  • Music and art therapy
  • Pocket Programming (Specialized small-group activities)

Specialized Memory Care Communities

Every individual is different. That’s why we believe that each resident deserves to live in a community that is best for them and their individual degree of memory loss. To ensure that our residents receive the most beneficial and appropriate care for their individual circumstances, we break our community into two different “neighborhoods.”

The Connections Neighborhood

An intimate and comfortable environment, Connections is designed for residents who are experiencing early-to-middle stages of dementia. As such, the neighborhood is made to care for those who are showing increasing signs of memory loss.

  • Anxiety
  • Fear of getting lost
  • Isolation
  • Depression
  • Decreased confidence
  • Difficulty completing everyday tasks without reminders
  • Agitation and confusion in the later afternoon/early evening (“sun-downing”)

In Connections, we strive to help residents be independently engaged in their interactions and socialization, guiding them to find purpose and meaning each and every day. We stay attuned to our residents’ maximum cognitive abilities and recall in order to make the most of their strengths and abilities, supporting them and their families.

  • Fully secured space
  • Comfortable home-like spaces
  • Areas for fresh air and sunshine
  • Pets welcome
  • Technology to monitor whereabouts

The Haven Neighborhood

Designed for those residents who are showing more advanced signs of memory loss, Haven provides peace and security for those with middle-to-late stages of dementia.

  • Difficulty identifying family and friends
  • Difficulty managing daily activities
  • Difficulty maintaining good hygiene
  • Agitation and confusion in the later afternoon/early evening (“sun-downing”)

Since these individuals require more assistance and a higher level of care, we strive to create a safe and soothing space with minimal agitation and an abundance of compassion.

  • Fully secured
  • Technology to monitor whereabouts
  • Comfortable and safe spaces
  • A kitchen with soothing sounds and smells
  • Pets welcome
  • Lots of natural light and areas for fresh air
  • Adaptive design features (to help with recognition)

 

 

 

We Love and Care for Your Family As We Do Our Own

Looking at life differently isn’t always easy, but it can always be beautiful. This is a journey that you and your family do not have to go through alone. Although dementia may impact our lives, it doesn’t have to take away our happiness.  

At Kensington Place we are honored to help you and your family care for your loved one, so that you can spend more time with them, enjoying the happy moments. We encourage family and friends to come and visit your loved one as often as possible, though you can rest assured knowing that when you are not here, your loved one is in compassionate, capable, and professional hands.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia and is experiencing memory loss – no matter what stage – Kensington Place is here to help make a positive difference.

A Community Centered on Loving Care

Where your loved one can feel at home, with exceptional care from a family of staff.

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