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Understanding the stages of dementia

July 28, 2020

Nial Joyce of leading dementia care centre, Clifden House in Seaford outlines the different stages of dementia and how to recognise the symptoms. When it comes to the different stages of dementia, we can typically categorise the trajectory of the disease as mild, moderate or severe. However, a seven stage model that looks at cognitive decline […]

What’s good for our heart is also good for our brain

Nial Joyce of leading dementia care centre, Clifden House, Seaford looks at the latest WHO Dementia Guidelines. The rise in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is alarming and is expected to double every 20 years, from 47 million people in 2015 to 75 million in 2030 and 131 million in 2050. “This means that in the next 30 […]

Life during lock-down

May 1, 2020

Nial Joyce gives an update on life inside Sussex’s leading dementia care centre, during lock-down. We’ve had singing, music, baking, reading, too many Easter Eggs and we’ve really fallen in love with our ipads. Mostly though we have experienced remarkable kindness and the absolute best of humanity during these last weeks.     The lockdown has, […]

5 Tips for choosing a dementia care home

February 10, 2020

Dementia is a progressive disease, and sadly has no cure. As the disease progresses, your loved ones’ needs may be best met in a specialist dementia care home.  Nial Joyce  offers his advice on how to choose the best care setting for your loved one. Location, location, location It might seem sensible to choose the […]

Life after a dementia diagnosis

January 28, 2020

Life doesn’t end with a dementia diagnosis but if someone close to you has recently been diagnosed then it is natural to feel upset and worried. Here is our advice for those caring for someone living with dementia and how you can learn to live with the challenges posed by the disease. Do your research A […]

How to support someone living with dementia at Christmas

December 11, 2019

As the festive season approaches here are our tips on what you can do to keep the celebrations dementia friendly   Plan ahead: It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas and make plans to attend lots of different festive events. Although you might want to ‘treat’ your loved one to special days […]

Celebrating 50 years of dedicated care

November 27, 2019

We recently celebrated our 50th birthday with a party, followed by a fireworks display designed to entertain all residents whatever their ability. Residents and the care team were treated to an afternoon disco from our in-house DJ (and hair dresser – who said men can’t multi-task?) David, with everyone taking part. Nial Joyce, whose parents founded the home […]

Signs a loved one may no longer be coping at home

October 15, 2019

Following a dementia diagnosis, many people continue to live in their own home, being cared for by relatives. Sadly however, due to the progressive nature of the disease, many will reach a point where remaining at home is no longer practical and may also be unsafe for them and others. Here we outline some of the […]

Maximise your time together

October 1, 2019

Visiting a friend or relative in a care home provides you with some precious, uninterrupted quality time together. Nial Joyce gives his advice on how to make the most of your visit   Plan your visit: It is common for dementia patients to become agitated or confused towards the end of the day. This is […]

Verna’s story

September 9, 2019

In May 2014, at the age of 87, Verna Rose was admitted to Clifden House Dementia Care Centre, Seaford as an emergency. Five years on, Verna’s niece, Valerie describes how they coped since the initial dementia diagnosis and offers advice to others who may find themselves in a similar situation.   My Aunt Verna is my […]