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Know how to spot the early signs of dementia say ISS carers

Published: 2nd September 2019 13:52

  

EXPERT carers at a Welsh care provider are offering free advice to people in the country on how to spot the early warning signs of dementia in their loved-ones as part of World Alzheimer’s Month (September, 2019). 

There are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, according to the Alzheimer’s Society, with numbers set to rise to more than one million by 2025. One in six people over the age of 80 have dementia. 

Katie Jewell, Regional Manager at ISS Healthcare, which has offices at Springmeadow Business Park in Cardiff, said: “It can be tricky for members of the general public to be able to spot early signs of dementia in loved-ones, so our expert carers have come together with a list of their top things to look out for. 

“Our carers have specialist dementia training, so they know exactly what to look out for in our service users and are more than happy to pass on their knowledge as part of World Alzheimer’s Month. 

“If anyone out there notices any of the below issues or changes in their loved-one over a period of time, they should seek medical advice: 

  • Memory loss – some memory loss in our old age is normal, but if it starts to upset day-to-day living, this could be an early warning sign of dementia
  • Difficulty completing tasks that they have had no problems with previously – this can be at home or at work
  • Confusion about the time or where they are
  • Difficulty speaking or writing when otherwise they would normally not have any trouble
  • Putting down objects and forgetting where they have been placed
  • Withdrawing from work or social activities
  • Mood swings or changes in personality. 

“As we have an ageing population, it’s so important to empower people with knowledge of conditions such as dementia. It’s also important to have them diagnosed early, so we hope our advice helps anyone out there who might already be noticing some of these signs, get help for themselves or a loved-one. 

“Having a diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean a person has to lose control of their life or independence. Many people continue to live fulfilled and happy lives for many years. We’re able to provide dementia care services and support and anyone interested or needing advice, should give us a call on 02920 779443.” 

ISS Healthcare provides care support to thousands of people, with services commissioned through authorities in the area or purchased privately by individual service users or their families. 

Its aim is to deliver care, which improves the lives of its service users and that treats them, and their families, with respect, dignity and compassion. 

ISS Healthcare believes its services should not only comply with regulatory standards, but that it also delivers excellence and promote overall wellbeing. 

Katie added: “We’re looking for kind, committed and caring individuals to care for our service users, some of which have conditions such as dementia. 

Being a carer is a really satisfying job and gives people the opportunity to carve a career for themselves. 

“Carers who join our team will be able to train to help to provide quality care for our older service users, enabling them to continue living fulfilling lives in the homes they know and love, or provide flexible, person-centred support at home or in the community for people of all ages with all kinds of physical or learning disabilities or mental health needs. 

“We also have positions available in our complex care teams, providing bespoke care, sometimes around the clock, to enable people with complex needs to be supported in their own homes, and our reablement care team, who work with people to re-learn skills and rebuild confidence and independence after suffering illness or injury. 

“We offer new recruits a five-day training induction and a 12-week onboarding program in order for them to obtain a care certificate. We also offer flexible working hours, both full time and part time, as well as competitive wages and generous holiday allocation.” 

Anyone interested in a position should call 02920 779443 or email cardiff@isshealthcare.co.uk. 

For more information about ISS Healthcare, please call 02920 779443 or visit www.isshealthcare.co.uk

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