Lewy Body Dementia – ADCare Group renders frail care services to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and Lewy Body Dementia patients, general frail care and care to people diagnosed with MS. We also care for post-operative orthopaedic patients.
Lewy Body Dementia is a type of progressive dementia that leads to a decline in thinking, reasoning and independent function because of abnormal microscopic deposits that damage brain cells over time.
Most experts estimate that dementia with Lewy bodies is the third most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, accounting for 10 to 25 percent of cases.
The hallmark brain abnormalities linked to Lewy Body Dementia are named after Frederick H. Lewy, M.D., the neurologist who discovered them while working in Dr. Alois Alzheimer’s laboratory during the early 1900s. Alpha-synuclein protein, the chief component of Lewy bodies, is found widely in the brain, but its normal function isn’t yet known.
Lewy bodies are also found in other brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease dementia. Many people with Parkinson’s eventually develop problems with thinking and reasoning, and many people with Lewy Body Dementia experience movement symptoms, such as hunched posture, rigid muscles, a shuffling walk and trouble initiating movement.
This overlap in symptoms and other evidence suggest that Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s disease dementia may be linked to the same underlying abnormalities in how the brain processes the protein alpha-synuclein. Many people with both Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s dementia also have plaques and tangles — hallmark brain changes linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
(Source Alzheimer’s Association)
ADCare Group frail care centers are located in Equestria, Boschkop, Olympus and Zwavelpoort in Pretoria, Hennopsrivier and Centurion and Kensington, Florida North and Glenzicht in Johannesburg.
These facilities are for day care, short term overnight and long term permanent abode with full frail care.
What we do
- All meals & nutritional requirements
- Administering of medicine
- Prevention of bedsores, pressure points
- All laundry
- Mobility exercises
- Daily activities
- Music & art therapy
- Manicure & podiatry requirements
- Hair care
- Occupational therapy
- General hygiene
- Assistance with ablutions.
- Micro bus with PTL for day excursions
Our facilities provide for daily hygiene routines, dressing and grooming assistance. We ensure urgent ambulation and transfer assistance should any medical emergencies arise. Daily housekeeping and a personal laundry service is also provided.
Three delicious, nutritional meals as well as in-between-snacks are given daily. Doctor prescribed special diets are also accommodated. A Hospice Care Program for End of Life Care is also available for patients too frail to support themselves. Medication is managed and monitored at all times to ensure that the patient maintains their health.
We provide a homely, loving environment where the resident can feel comfortable and accepted. We practice patience and consideration through building a level of trust and companionship.
Music therapy plays an integral part in our care giving as scientific studies have proven that major improvements in cognitive and memory recognition. We are firm believers that music is the key to the soul, no matter what your age, denomination or stature.
Prior to admission, a doctor/neurologist completes a full physical and emotional assessment of the patient in order to determine what his or her level of care needs will be. Click here to download the Admission Pack. You can contact our Placement Care Specialist on 082 854 2670.