It may begin with forgetting where you left your handphone and can eventually lead to more serious situations such as forgetting to switch off the heater or turning off running water. With Singapore’s population rapidly ageing, the prevalence of dementia is expected to increase to 80,000 by 2030.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a progressive disorder of memory loss. Early diagnosis can lead to early intervention such as lifestyle changes, diet changes, and other intervention that may help people fight off dementia.
Early signs of Dementia
Dementia often begins with a mild symptoms and the early signs are not always obvious. While early signs of dementia often go unrecognized, one of the most obvious and earliest symptoms is memory loss.
- Memory loss
- Change in behaviour and personality
- Inability to adapt to change
- Difficulties with speech and movement
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative brain disorder. It is one of the most common nervous system disorders among the elderly.
In the earliest stages, the signs of Parkinson’s disease are subtle and easy to overlook. It begins with aching, mild tremor and fatigue, symptoms typically become gradually worse over time and patients will develop uncontrollable tremor.
At present, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. It is important to get an early diagnosis. With a combination of medication and multidisciplinary support, people with Parkinson’s disease continue living as normal life as possible.
Stroke is Singapore’s fourth leading cause of death and is one of the top reasons for causing disability among seniors. It can decrease a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and often require the help of family members or professional caregivers to help them throughout the day. The recovery from a stroke can be long and arduous
Strokes happen when blood supply to the brain is interrupted, either by a blood clot or a burst blood vessel, causing the brain cells to become damaged. It will after their ability to perform daily tasks and often require the help of their loved ones to help them throughout the day.
Recovering from Stroke
The process of recovering from a stroke usually includes treatment and rehabilitation., Stroke survivors often have complex rehabilitation needs. Some stroke survivor’s recovery. The progress and recovery are different for each person.
Cancer is a condition that occurs when cells in the body begin to divide at a faster rate than the body requires. The cells are tiny building blocks that make up the organs and tissues of our body.
Stage 0 – There are abnormal cells grow in an uncontrolled way and the cells has the potential to become cancer.
Stage I – The cancer is small and localised, growing partly in the tissue where it began. This is also called early-stage cancer.
Stage II and III – These stages are known as regional spread cancer.At this stages, cancer cells has spread to nearby tissues and is a big cause of concern.
Stage IV – The cancer has spread to other parts of your body. It’s also called advanced or metastatic cancer.
What is Tube Feeding?
Tube feeding is necessary for patients who cannot obtain nutrition by mouth. The Doctor in charge will consider the risk and benefit of using tubing feed before deciding if its necessary for your loved ones.
Important issues to consider while deciding if tube feeding should be implemented:
- Who will take care of the patient once they are discharged from the hospitals?
- Will their caregiver at home be able to tube feed them on a regular schedule if long term care is needed?
- How often are the tube feedings?
Tube feeding is a procedure that needs to be taught by Nurses. Our Licensed Nurses have the relevant expertise to assist you in the use of the nasogastric or PEG tube for tube feeding at home.
It is important to note that wound healing is a complex and fragile process. If proper management and care is not given, the wound can become chronic and non-healing.
Once a patient is discharged from the hospital, it is important to get proper wound care at home. Proper wound management can accelerate the healing process and can prevent or minimise the wound afrom getting an infection.
Our Licensed Nurses will work closely with the patient and assist them with the dressing of wound.
Singapore is one of the highest incidences of diabetes among developed countries. Diabetes is a number of diseases that involve problems with the hormone insulin. It is an illness that is a major risk factor for many other serious medical problems such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness and gangrene which results in amputations. As yet, there is no cure.
If your loved one has diabetes and has difficulties walking, our team of nurses and caregivers are here to help. Our HealthCare Personnel can care for your loved ones by assisting them in their daily living like companionship and showering. Our Licensed Nurses can also help your loved ones by managing their prescribed medications such as insulin injections.
Eldercare: Mobility problems and home therapy
Taking care of your loved ones with mobility problems is not easy alone. The number one mobility problem that older people experience is falls. Falls will lead to broken bones, bruises and the fear of falling. If a hip is fractured, walkers or wheelchairs might be needed permanently. Falls amongst the elderly are a major cause of injury and even dead, hence prevention is vital.
To prevent falls, you can reduce the hazards at home and encourage physical activities to improve strength and mobility. It may be difficult to do all these alone and our team of HealthCare Personnel is here to help ease your burden. Our HealthCare-Givers can assist your loved ones in their exercise program and encourage them by being active. This will build confidence in your loved ones and overcome their fear in falling. We also provide a variety of personal care options such as accompanying your loved ones to the community centre for activities and creating opportunities for socialising.
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