Caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be challenging not only for the person living with dementia but also for their loved ones. Our carers are well trained to help you and your loved one throughout this challenging journey.
Dementia describes a group of symptoms where a decline in memory, visual perception, and ability to focus or reason is severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Thinking skills, behaviour, and emotions can also be negatively affected.
Although dementia comes in many forms, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type.
The Villa at Nazareth Care is our specialised care centre for residents with dementia. Located in a secure wing of our facilities, The Villa was developed in line with global best practices for dementia care. Key to our approach is an emphasis on personcentred care – we focus on the person and their individual needs, instead of on their diagnosis.
One of the most alarming aspects of dementia is its inconsistency – the way it affects behaviour, emotions and responses can vary from day to day. Our carers are trained to understand the subtleties of these difficulties and to handle them with patience and compassion.
Safety of Your Loved One
When a relative has dementia, their safety is a top concern – whether from outside influences or their own actions. Residents at The Villa are protected by restricted access control and 24-hour security, while calm, compassionate carers are on-hand to assist should they become overwhelmed or confused.
The Villa carers are specially trained in dementia care, and are on duty 24-hours a day under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. As a resident’s dementia progresses, needs are continually monitored and evaluated by our multi-disciplinary team to ensure care is adapted accordingly.
Quality of Life
Dementia should not restrict anyone from living life to the full, nor should it undermine their dignity or sense of self-worth. Activities are developed by our occupational therapist, and adapted to the capabilities, preferences, and cognitive abilities of each resident.
A certain amount of decline is to be expected when people age, especially in terms of vision and depth perception. However, for those with dementia, these difficulties can prove exceptionally challenging, as the way in which they perceive the world around them may also be changing. The lighting, décor, furnishings and even colours at the Villa are chosen with this in mind.
Dementia Care FAQ's
A certain degree of forgetfulness is a natural part of ageing. Differentiating between typical age-related changes and actual dementia symptoms is important, as early detection and intervention can delay the onset or
The Villa provides 24-hour nursing care, assistance with personal grooming, and control of medication. We work with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that each resident is on the correct medication and not overly sedated so that we can care for them holistically.
Each room is furnished with a single bed with provided linen. Family members are encouraged to bring a few favourite pieces of furniture to create a familiar, comforting environment for their loved one.
The cost of care varies across patients and their specific requirements.
Options at Nazareth Care
At Nazareth Care, we have a specialised dementia care facility, The Villa, on our Nazareth House Cape Town property. Caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be challenging not only for the person living with dementia but also for their loved ones. Our carers are well trained to help you and your loved one throughout this challenging journey.
We provide a peaceful, homely environment within safe, secure premises with the primary focus on person-centered care. Nurses are on duty 24 hours a day and are all registered with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). Care workers receive additional training in person-centered care and Dementia Care. Weekly activities are scheduled for all residents.
We value the personhood of our residents. By providing one-on-one person-centred care, we help them maintain their sense of self-respect and personal identity.
To truly understand what another person has experienced, we must first seek to listen. Our care workers take heed of the challenges faced by our residents and support them accordingly.
Every person deserves respect and kindness. We acknowledge the value of our residents’ lives by treating them courteously and respecting their personal preferences and privacy.
Good quality of life is essential to happiness. That’s why we provide a warm, welcoming environment with caring staff and an emphasis on communal living and companionship.
Each resident is an individual with their own unique needs and preferences. Our care workers recognise this by offering them support and accommodation with due consideration.