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  • Kirsty Kerr

With Dementia on the Rise, Care Homes Can Help Keep Families Stay Together

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

Dementia is an illness that tests the bonds of a family more than most other ailments. Hopefully over time a cure can be developed that reduces the majority of this problem. However, that is not the case today. Additionally, dementia is not a problem likely to go away with time. Dementia UK is concerned with dementia care in the United Kingdom, and the growing threat it could bring. “We know that young onset dementia is poorly recognised and misdiagnosed which leads to delays in accessing crucial support. Worryingly, the figure of 70,800 adults who are estimated to be living with the condition in the UK, may just be the tip of the iceberg.” Unlike other diseases, dementia puts a unique strain on personal relationships as the patient’s social interactions usually suffer under the disease. However, the help of care homes can seriously alleviate this strain, as family members can focus on giving emotional support rather than needing to both care for their family member and come to terms with their mental symptoms. Bromson Hill wants to be that bridge between a dementia patient and their family, by taking stress away from their family members with its excellent care. Warwick residents, as well as all UK residents, should consider encouraging their family member with dementia to attend a care home, as this can reinvigorate a relationship that has been worn thin by the inherent pressures of dementia. BBC wrote of a married couple by the name of Stefan and Norma, who have benefited greatly from Norma’s enrollment in a care home. Stefan spoke of how it is difficult for men to reach out about needing help caring for their partner, but also how much his and Norma’s relationship has benefited from getting that extra help. “I thought I could do it. I thought I could take care of her on my own. I was stubborn…The only time I can relax or get things done is when Norma is here. I know she's safe here.” This is the value that Bromson Hill takes pride in bringing to its patients as well.

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