What is Lewy body dementia?

January 28th is World Lewy Body Dementia Day, commemorating the birthday of Dr Lewy. At The Good Care Group, we specialise in offering support for various types of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and frontotemporal dementia.

Our aim is to increase awareness and to provide information about Lewy body dementia, to ensure that you or your loved one has an understanding of the support available, how to manage a diagnosis and recognising the early signs.

 Lewy body dementia overview

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a progressive and neurological condition that has an impact on thinking, behaviour and movement. It is the third most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s and vascular. It tends to develop slowly and can gradually worsen over time.

This condition is caused by clumps of protein forming in the brain cells, and these abnormal deposits are called Lewy bodies. Similar deposits are present in individuals with Parkinson’s and accumulate in regions of the brain responsible for functions like cognition, visual perception and muscle movement.

Lewy body dementia symptoms

The symptoms of LBD can vary from each individual but often include cognitive fluctuations, hallucinations, and motor symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s, such as tremors and stiffness. People may also experience issues with sleep and mood changes. For further information and guidance,  the NHS has helpful advice on their website.

Care and support

When receiving ‘outstanding’ dementia care from The Good Care Group, our team will assist you with medical care, such as administering medication throughout the day, support you with daily tasks such as light house-keeping, provide emotional support when required and create a safe home environment by carrying out regular assessments.

We also ensure that a blended approach is used when delivering dementia care, that is led and supported by our own Consultant Admiral Nurse and dementia expert Dr Jane Pritchard and our Occupational Therapist Katrina Burns, who is highly commended for supporting individuals and families with practical and emotional support.

The care that is provided will be tailored to support you or your loved one at any stage of your diagnosis and the detailed care plan will be developed during your care assessment to ensure your needs are met at every step of the way.

Interested in hearing more about our dementia services?

To arrange a free home care assessment, please get in touch using this enquiry form. Or give us a call on 0808 189 9513.

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Content authored by Chloe Brown 18 January 2024

Chloe is our Digital Marketing Executive, helping to support the marketing team to deliver informative campaigns via the website, search and email, aswell as managing our online reputation. She has worked for The Good Care Group since 2022 and has a degree in Marketing.

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Content reviewed by Dr Jane Pritchard 18 January 2024

Dr Jane Pritchard is a consultant Admiral Nurse who specialises in the care and support of those living with dementia. She is a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council specialising in mental health. She has over 20 years' experience working in care and has authored several publications on dementia care.

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