As the disease progresses, people with frontotemporal dementia will require increasing levels of care to manage their symptoms and maintain their quality of life. Specific care will vary on a case-by-case basis, but here is an overview of the types of care that need to be considered:
Medical Care: People with FTD should have regular check-ups with their GP to monitor their condition and manage any related health issues. Medications may be prescribed to help manage some of the symptoms, such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, or mood stabilisers.
Behavioural Management: It is important to have a structured environment and a consistent routine to reduce confusion and agitation. A care package may need to implement strategies to manage challenging behaviours such as aggression, impulsivity or wandering.
Communication Support: FTD can affect language and communication skills, so people with FTD may need help expressing themselves and understanding others. Carers can use visual aids, simplified language and non-verbal cues to facilitate communication.
Personal Care: As the disease progresses, people with FTD may require help with their daily living activities, such as bathing, grooming, dressing and eating. Carers should help as needed while respecting the person's dignity and autonomy as much as possible.
Emotional Support: FTD can be a challenging and isolating experience for both the person with the disease and their carers. It is important to provide emotional support and social interaction to help maintain a sense of connection and well-being.
It can help to engage in meaningful activities, like connecting with others who are going through similar experiences, and seeking professional counselling if needed. There may be a point when you need assistance with care, which is why Mayfair Care Agency provides private dementia care at home services that include care for dementia in the elderly, and for anybody needing care for frontotemporal dementia.