4 things you need to know about dementia…

Did you know that over 90,000 people in Scotland have dementia? A dementia diagnosis can be frightening but it’s important to know you’re not alone. Lindemann Healthcare understand fears of confusion and forgetfulness. We see how it can affect families too. That’s why it’s important to talk about dementia. Letting people know you have dementia will help support daily living. It means you get the right care. Here we break it down and highlight 4 other things you need to know about dementia…


What is dementia?

Dementia is a general term used to describe a range of progressive neurological conditions that affect the brain and impact memory and thinking. There are many types of illnesses under the umbrella but Alzheimer’s disease accounts for the majority, more than 60% of cases according to recent studies. Symptoms of dementia vary depending on the cause, but common signs can include confusion, disorientation, anxiety and difficulties with communicating and day to day tasks. It can also affect behaviour, feelings and relationships.


How do we treat someone with Dementia at Lindemann Healthcare care homes? 

We have Dementia Excellence Trained Nurses at all three of our care homes, Morningside Manor, Lorimer House and Thorburn Manor, Edinburgh. Theses nurses help to train different levels of staff too. Our team provide specialised and bespoke care for each resident who has a dedicated care plan to ensure all their needs are met and planned. Residents are always treated with the utmost dignity and respect.


What do we mean by Dementia Excellence Training?

Promoting Excellence is a skills and knowledge framework for dementia. The learning programme ensures Lindemann Healthcare staff have the knowledge and skills to support people with a diagnosis of Dementia, and their families, and carers. We can also maximise their rights, choices and health and wellbeing at all stages of their unique dementia journey.


Can dementia be cured?

There is currently no cure for Dementia but with the right care and support from the right people, it is possible for someone to live well. We offer specialist care for those living with Dementia and ensure our residents are happy, safe, receive the very best care and feel ‘at home’. We also offer daily activities and give residents something to look forward to each day.


If you’d like to speak to any of our Dementia Excellence Trained Nurses or discuss a Residency Application, please contact our Edinburgh care homes directly. We’d love to hear from you and help answer any questions you may have regarding the care, or future care, of residents at Lindemann Healthcare. To talk to someone at Lorimer House in Juniper Green, call 0131 453 2123. For Thorburn Manor in Colinton Village, it’s 0131 441 6984. You can contact Morningside Manor, Balcarres Street, Morningside, Edinburgh, on 0131 285 6353. The future needn’t be scary. We’re here to help.