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Marmalade Care Ltd

Tips on caring for someone with Dementia

Speak clearly and slowly try using shorter sentences ,keep your tone of voice positive and friendly 

Always make eye contact with the person 

If they are sitting down try not to stand above them this is overpowering and comes across as intimidating 

Kneel down slightly to the side so that your not right in there faces.

 Hold there hand touch is important and will help them to feel safe in your company.

you will know if its appropriate 

Smile and listen to what they are saying even if it makes no sense .

Dont interrupt or finish of there sentences this is quite frustrating for them and quite patronising 

Making eye contact with the person will enable you to know by there expressions if they are happy, sad or in pain 

Communication is not just about speech 

Body language and facial expressions are extremely important 

Most of all try to remember that even if they dont remember your name they will remember the way you made them feel .

To care for someone with Dementia you must step out of your reality and into theres .

Marina Barker 


Art and Craft 

So love the days when i can sit and paint with my lovely clients and im always amazed at what we acomplish especially the smiles 

Nickie 

Nickie has worked with us all through the pandemic, always going that extra mile to help her clients .She is now going back to her old Job as a receptionist and all of us at Marmalade care would to wish Nickie all the best for the future and thank you.  

We will be your voice in the darkness

We are the voice you can hear

We will keep you safe from harm 

We are always here for you 

you know that we are near.


Happy Birthday 

Today is a year since I started up Marmalade care ltd

Its been a rocky road especially with the current pandemic but we got here 

lots of  clients who have become good friends and 10 amazing staff who always try to go that extra mile to help .

I am extremely grateful to you all for helping me fulfill my dream of keeping people at home 

for as long as possible in there familiar surroundings giving them independence ,love and support

Here's to another year  more staff more clients 

More person centered care 

Marina


SEMANTIC DEMENTIA

 In the past it was believed that all dementia was the same this is not so only recently has it been that distinct disorders such as Semantic Dementia  it is related to frontotemporal dementia  it is a progressive loss of the ability to remember words ,faces and objects this is from the shrinkage of the temporal lobe in the brain.

the problem usually starts with words people will forget the names of things like calling milk water a dog a cat they may also have problems understanding what is said.

people also have difficulty recognising faces of the people they see all the time 

they will find it hard to recognise objects.

people might become self centred not bothering about other peoples feelings becoming preoccupied with certain activities having a fixed routine daily .

the person cannot change there behaviour as it is due to the damage that is effecting there brain cells.

people will normally stay physically well but may become slower as the disease progresses.

this condition normally happens to people between  50 and 65 years of age .there is no cure but certain medication can help with the symptoms.




Quote Of The Day

People in the later stages of dementia need help with every aspect of their daily lives,

from getting up, dressing, personal hygiene, eating, drinking and sitting down in a chair.

Everything becomes a monumental, time consuming effort.

But throughout it all we must try to ensure that they are treated with kindness, dignity and respect.

Friday's Quote Of The Day

Learn your loved ones favourite song and sing it back to them when they no longer have words


Thursday's Quote of the day 

Although your loved one may not remember you or might do thing that frustrate you,

this is the time when he or she needs you the most.


To care for those who once cared for us is one of the,

HIGHEST HONOURS


Being diagnosed with dementia or other related illnesses can be completely overwhelming for that person and there loved ones.

Having someone to help you organize things will at least take some of the stress away.

Call us we will endeavor to help you as much as possible you might need a chat over a cuppa.

Advice on where to go for help for funding etc..

If you cant find the answers we will find them for you.

we are just a phone call away.

 


DEMENTIA

THE BOOKCASE OF LIFE 

Imagine you have a bookcase with several shelves 

each shelf is packed with books and each book is a memory about your life it is about people you have met and places you have been memories happy or sad are in all these books. 

the shelves are stages in your life starting at the bottom .

shelf number 1 bottom shelf 

memories of when you were a child 

shelf number 2 

memories of your school ,college maybe even university.

shelf number 3 

starting out in your chosen career.

shelf number 4

your first love ,getting married.

shelf number 5

having children.

shelf number 6

your children getting married and having children.

shelf number 7  top shelf 

your retirement years .

Now imagine someone comes along and shakes the bookcase so hard that some of the books fall out .

Notice that more books fall out from the top shelves then they do from the bottom .

Not forgetting these books are your memories .

shelf number 7

the top shelf is almost empty 

the shelf that holds your day today memories your memories of now !

so you cant remember who people are or where you are.

you are not familiar with your surroundings as you do not remember them .

shelf  number 6 

the shelf has a lot of books missing your memories of your children getting married of you becoming a grandparent .

so your not quite sure why they are there because who are they you do not know or remember them.

shelf number 5

you may have forgotten who your children are because the book of memories fell out of the bookcase .

shelf number 4

the book is missing from when you got married its gone it fell out ,the man in your house could be an intruder because you have no idea who he is.

shelf number 3

there a few books left here you clearly remember your days working at the bank and your achievements there and that you were there for 5 years .

but you dont know what you did after that because that book fell out .

Shelf number 2

there are books here and there on this shelf you can remember you went to college and that you studied accounts ,your school days and friends are still there but only sometimes because that book of memories is teetering on the edge of the shelf and is about to fall out.

shelf number 1

this shelf is almost full you remember your brothers and sisters and your parents and you spend all day wondering where they are and why there not looking for you .



The disease might hide the person underneath, but there's still a

person in there who needs your

"LOVE AND ATTENTION"

One person caring about another represents life's

GREATEST value.

Due to the government guidelines set out on Thursday

we would just like to inform everyone that Marmalade Care will be continuing

visiting our lovely clients as normal, ensuring they are safe and well.

 

WATER INTOXICATION

Also known as water poisoning

This is a disruption to the brain caused by drinking to much water.  

This is very rare and whilst it might be very difficult to consume to much water it does happen and death can occur due to excessive intake of fluid .

Drinking to much water can increase the amount of water in the blood this can dilute the electrolytes, and especially sodium in the blood.

WHEN SODIUM FALLS BELOW 135 MILLMOLES PER LITRE DOCTORS REF TO IT AS HYPONATREMIA 

 

This is very common in sports people or endurance training but it does occur in people with mental health issues .

On one occasion because an athlete was not properly rehydrated ,his sodium levels fell below130mm0l/1 he then developed water on the brain this is known as hydrocephalus .

 developed a hernia in his brain stem and this lead to his death .

Overhydration happens when someone drinks more than there kidneys can get rid of via urine .

A build up of fluid in the brain is called cerebral edema which can effect the brain stem leading to central nervous disfunction .

In severe cases this can lead to seizures ,brain damage and comas .


SYMPTOMS 

Confusion disorientation 

Nausea

Vomiting 

double vision 

difficulty breathing 

muscle cramps 

not being able to identify sensory information 


in rare circumstances swelling of the brain which can be fatal.



Our Blog

An ongoing series of informative entries

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Our Latest Blog Entry

14 September 2020

A person centered approach

The most important characteristic of people who are living with dementia is they are living .

They are living as well as they can, they display great courage and resiliency by showing up for another day in a life in a world that we cant even begin to imagine.

They are bringing their best selves to the task of surviving and thriving amid the great challenges that s dementia .

The same may be said for their carers.    

 Its time to create a truly dementia friendly society

Its time to help people living with dementia and their carers to live well .

Its time to create a culture of compassion .

Marina Barker 


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SUNDOWNING 

7 September 

Sundowning is also known as late-day confusion and is a form of Alzheimer's and other related forms of dementia .

Sundowning is not a disease but a group of symptoms effecting the person living with dementia.

This normally occurs late afternoon and carries on into the night .

the person will become confused and angry  and it always seems to be as daylight fades and in the middle stages of dementia .

Some scientists believe that your body clock is affected by dementia and the part of your brain that recognizes  when your asleep and when your awake breaks down.

These are a few things that might help 

Avoid stimulant's 

Alcohol

Coffee 

Nicotine 

Sweets and chocolate 

Try to keep outings and appointments earlier in the day 

Close the curtains and turn  the lights out in the evening .

Make afternoons quite and calm .

Limit food intake in the evening to a snack rather than a hefty meal .

Marina Barker 



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Our Latest Blog Entry


CHRONIC TRAUMATIC ENCEPHALOPATHY

Dementia pugilistica punch drunk syndrome 

This is a neurodegenerative disease caused by repeated  head injuries,

such as constant blows to the head and or repeated concussion .

this used to be called punch drunk syndrome or dementia pugilistica it is very common in boxers .

the disease usually begins several years after repeated blow to the head. 

Symptoms 

Changes in mood 

Difficulty thinking (cognitive impairment )

Impulsive behavior 

Short term memory loss 

as the disease progresses ,slurred speech (dysarthria) 

Significant memory loss 

Parkinsonism symptoms 

Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

there is no cure

This diagnosis will be treated with pain management and behavioral therapy to help with mood swings ,difficulty planning and carrying out tasks which will affect daily living as in personal care ,social interaction and general well being . 


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 CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DESEASE

2 OCTOBER 2020

COPD

Is the name given   for a group of lung conditions  that can cause breathing difficulties.

This includes emphysema-damage to air sacks in the lungs -chronic bronchitis  that  will  cause long term inflammation of the airways .

Most people who suffer are over 40 years old however it has been known in rare cases off people younger .

                                                                   

                                                      Causes of COPD 

smoking is the main cause of COPD and is thought to be responsible for around 9 out of 10 cases.

                                                           Air pollution 

                                                 Exposure to chemicals 

                                     Exposure to industrial dust and fumes

                                       indoor cooking with poor ventilation  

 

                                 The major causes of death were found to be 

                                     Acute -on-chronic respiratory failure 

                                                       Heart failure 

                                                   Pulmonary infection 

                                                  Pulmonary embolism

                                                    Cardiac arrhythmia

                                                       Lung cancer

                                                        

                                                         SYMPTOMS

                                                        Chronic cough 

                                                         lack of energy 

                                           Decreased ability to exercise

                                                  Unintended weight loss 

                                          Frequent respiratory infections

                                                             Wheezing

                                                       Shortness of breath

                                                     Tightness in the chest 

                                                A cough that wont go away 

                                              Coughing up blood or mucas 

                                       Pain or discomfort when breathing out 


Although there is no cure for this disease avoiding certain things may help 

                                                              Smoking 

                                                              Alcohol

                                                              Chocolate

                                                             Fried foods 

                                                           Dairy products 

 





Today marmalade care has welcomed more clients into our marmalade family.

Looking forward to getting to know them and building relationships.




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