Alcohol Related Dementia – ADCare renders frail care services to Alzheimer and dementia patients, general frail care and care to people diagnosed with MS. We also care for post-operative orthopaedic patients.
What is alcohol related dementia?
Alcohol related dementia is, as the name suggests, a form of dementia related to the excessive drinking of alcohol. This affects memory, learning and other mental functions. Korsakoff’s syndrome and Wernicke/Korsakoff syndrome are particular forms of alcohol related brain injury which may be related to alcohol related dementia.
It is currently unclear as to whether alcohol has a direct toxic effect on the brain cells, or whether the damage is due to lack of thiamine, vitamin B1.Nutritional problems, which often accompany consistent or episodic heavy use of alcohol, are thought to be contributing factors. Key parts of the brain may suffer damage through vitamin deficiencies, particularly marked levels of thiamine deficiency and the direct effect that alcohol has on the absorption and use of thiamine.
What are the symptoms of alcohol related dementia?
This can vary from person to person, but generally symptoms will include:
Impaired ability to learn things
Problems with memory
Difficulty with clear and logical thinking on tasks which require planning, organising, common sense judgement and social skills
Problems with balance
Decreased initiative and spontaneity.
Generally skills learned earlier in life and old habits such as language and gestures tend to be relatively unaffected.
Who gets alcohol related dementia?
Anyone who drinks excessive amounts of alcohol over a period of years may get alcohol related dementia. Males who drink more than six standard alcoholic drinks a day, and women who drink more than four, seem to be at increased risk of developing alcohol related dementia. The risk clearly increases for people who drink high levels of alcohol on a regular basis. The National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia recommends that for health reasons related to the prevention of brain and liver damage adult males should drink no more than four standard drinks per day and adult females should drink no more than two standard drinks per day.
Some people who drink at high levels do not develop alcohol related dementia, but it is not currently possible to understand and predict who will and who won’t develop alcohol related dementia. Some people who develop alcohol related dementia might also show some degree of recovery over time if they reduce alcohol intake to safe levels or abstain from alcohol and maintain good health.Alcohol related dementia can affect both men and women of any age. (Source Alzheimer’s Australia)
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.