Living Well with Dementia
To mark Dementia Action Week 2018, we are highlighting that it is possible to live well with dementia and have a purposeful and meaningful life.
Sally (77) has lived at our specialist dementia care home, Claremont Court in Guildford for over five years. Her husband Brian shares their story.
“My wife Sally was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and by late 2012 I was struggling to cope. Sally’s condition progressed quite quickly whereby she needed help to look after herself.
I’d promised my wife that I’d care for her at home but the stress was starting to take a toll on my health. It was recommended to me that a respite break at Claremont Court might be a good idea. Despite my reluctance, it was the best decision I could have made at that difficult time.
I wanted a local home that was spacious and comfortable, and Claremont Court’s purpose-built accommodation really appealed. I was also impressed by all the activities and outings available to residents. Sally had always been sociable and creative, so she responded well to these new opportunities. The team are so kind and they always have time for me. I see the training they have had and how well Sally is looked after.
Staying in touch is very important for me and I visit every day. Whether for meals, activities or just time in the garden, the team have integrated me into Sally’s daily routine. Even though Sally can no longer speak, I’m sure she knows I’m still there. I wouldn’t want her anywhere else.”
Karen Byres, Home Manager comments:
“We know that person-centred dementia care enables our residents to live a meaningful life. Sally is testament to that. It’s also our job to support family members through the many difficult decisions they will make. We consider Brian a part of the Claremont family. We are always here for those that need us.”
There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia.
If you are caring for someone with dementia, our free Understanding Dementia guide can help. Request your copy today.