Dementia Awareness in Elderly Care Homes
October 9, 2023
Dementia is a term we often hear, particularly concerning our elderly. But what exactly is it?
Simply put, dementia is a collective term for brain conditions that cause a decline in cognitive abilities. Some common signs include memory loss, difficulty in finding words, struggling with tasks, and changes in mood.
In Malta alone, an estimated 4,072 individuals grapple with dementia. Awareness of its symptoms can pave the way for better understanding to accurately support the loved ones in our lives who suffer from this condition.
Dementia Care at Simblija Care Home
Navigating dementia is not easy, neither for the individual nor their family. At Simblija Care Home, our years of dedication to dementia care reflect this understanding. We aim for nothing less than the best supportive environment, embracing a specialised touch.
We achieve this through a holistic approach that takes into consideration a carefully designed physical space, compassionate expert care, and a vibrant community element, rich in engaging activities.
Here, we delve into how each of these facets enhances the life quality of our dementia residents.
Our Butterfly Memory Support Unit
Dementia care takes a lot of thought and planning. Our Memory Support Unit exemplifies this. Designed specifically for dementia care, the unit is a haven of bright spaces and sensory-rich interiors that gently nudge memories and encourage self-reliance. Located on the ground floor, residents can safely enjoy the beauty of landscaped outdoors, all under our care team’s supervision.
Navigation is simple and easy, thanks to intuitive signage and labels that gently guide our residents to where they wish to go. We want our spaces to empower those with memory challenges to embrace their independence as much as possible, in an environment that prioritises their dignity. Safety is also a priority thanks to features like non-slip floors, grab rails, and emergency systems in place. We strive to provide more than a room, but a space where our residents rediscover their potential every day.
A Dedicated Professional Care Team
At Simblija Care Home, we are highly selective, choosing only the most qualified and passionate care professionals, and remain committed to staying abreast of the latest insights and breakthroughs in dementia care, ensuring we provide the finest elderly care on the island.
Of course, caring for dementia residents is not just about expertise and medical treatment, it also requires heart. Our team remains empathic and is equipped with the latest knowledge in dementia care. They prioritise effective communication and endless patience, essential virtues in this field.
We also believe that family matters. The beauty of family involvement in care cannot be stressed enough. Not only does it bring comfort, but it also plays a pivotal role in the well-being of our residents. We understand this, and thus, always encourage families to be part of the decision-making process. By embedding families into the lives of our residents, we cultivate an environment where love, understanding, and collective effort thrive, enhancing the overall dementia care experience.
The Power of Community and Connection
We all thrive on community and connection, and nowhere is this truer than in dementia care. Therapies like music, art, and reminiscence therapies aren’t just activities, they are lifelines that spark memories, kindle joy, and create moments of clarity. They are therapeutic in the truest sense.
Under the guidance of our activities coordinator, Fiona Debattista, our residents enjoy a rich programme of activities at Simblija from week to week. From Noodle Exercises that get the body moving, to the uplifting rhythms of music, and the soothing calm of sensory activities, there’s something for everyone. We also host regular sessions with ‘Dancing to Dementia’ by the Malta Dementia Society.
All these activities are more than just pastimes. They are an essential part of keeping our residents connected to themselves, to their surroundings, and most importantly, to the joyous possibilities of every day.
All in all, our structured approach to dementia care empowers all our memory-impaired residents to thrive, feel safe, and maintain a fulfilling and dignified lifestyle. If your family is on this journey, know you are not alone. Our expert team is ready to guide you, ensuring every decision centres on your loved one’s well-being.
Get in touch today to learn more about our Dementia Care Plans.