According to the World Health Organization, there are currently around 50 million people worldwide living with dementia, and this number is expected to triple by 2050. Dementia is a degenerative condition that affects the brain and causes a decline in cognitive function, memory loss, and changes in behaviour. These behavioural changes can often be challenging for caregivers and loved ones to manage. However, short-term dementia care can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals with dementia, helping to manage these behavioural changes. This is something we are witnessing at both our Estates in Cape Town and Bryanston.

Behavioural Changes in Dementia

Behavioural changes are common in individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and they can manifest in a variety of ways. These changes can include agitation, aggression, wandering, and changes in sleep patterns. Behavioural changes can be distressing for both the individual with dementia and their caregivers, and they can be challenging to manage. While there is no cure for dementia, there are ways to manage these behavioural changes, and short-term dementia care can play a significant role in this.

What is Short-Term Dementia Care?

Short-term dementia care is a temporary residential care service that provides support and assistance for individuals with dementia. It is designed to provide caregivers with a break while ensuring that their loved ones receive the care and support they need in a safe and supportive environment. Short-term dementia care facilities typically offer a range of services, including personal care, assistance with daily activities, medication management, and access to activities and socialisation.

How Short-Term Dementia Care Can Help Manage Behavioral Changes

Short-term dementia care can be particularly helpful in managing behavioural changes in individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The change in environment can often help reduce agitation and aggression, as individuals with dementia may feel more comfortable and less overwhelmed in a new setting. The staff at dementia care facilities are trained to manage and respond to behavioural changes, providing personalised care and support to meet the individual needs of each resident. One of the benefits of respite care is that it provides individuals with dementia with structured routines and activities. A structured routine can be reassuring for individuals with dementia, as it provides a sense of predictability and stability. Short-term dementia care facilities offer a range of activities and socialization opportunities, such as music therapy, art classes, and outings, which can help individuals with dementia feel engaged and connected.

In addition, specialised dementia care facilities often have safety measures in place to prevent wandering, which can be a common behavioural change in individuals with dementia. These safety measures can include secure entrances and exits, alarmed doors, and staff trained in responding to wandering behaviour. Short-term dementia care can also provide caregivers with a break from their caregiving responsibilities, allowing them to rest and recharge. Caregiving can be stressful, and it can be challenging to manage behavioural changes in individuals with dementia on a daily basis. Short-term dementia care can provide caregivers with the opportunity to take a break, reducing stress and preventing burnout.

Short-term Dementia Care at Livewell

Over and above caring for our permanent residents living with dementia and Alzheimer’s at our Estates in Cape Town and Bryanston, Livewell offers those suffering from dementia the opportunity to join us as day or short-term visitors and to participate in our holistic and rewarding activity programmes within a safe and serene environment – all with the care of our dedicated, professional staff.