At Salus we aim to deliver a service where our clients are supported, valued and are at the heart of our care.
Our service provides care and support to adults and people living with dementia in the community. At Salus we are passionate about care, and aim to provide care that is of high quality and standards.
Through our mission statement we aim to provide a service that is user led and focused. Providing the right care and support is essential to each person, which is why our service puts the individual at the centre of their care. We do this by:
Setting up Salus has been an exciting but challenging time but we have loved every minute of it. It's great working with clients and their families, providing them a service that I am proud to say thrives on client centred and focused care. Starting out in the community has been a challenge but of which I can say is very rewarding. We have had a lot of excellent feedback about our service, and will keep striving to reach our goals as a service provider in the community. We are now looking further into our services to see how better we can support and reach people in the community. Here is to the future of Salus.
Samuel Clements & Olga Frolova
The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These changes are often small to start with, but for someone with dementia they have become severe enough to affect daily life. A person with dementia may also experience changes in their mood or behaviour.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia but not all dementia is due to Alzheimer’s. The specific symptoms that someone with dementia experiences will depend on the parts of the brain that are damaged and the disease that is causing the dementia.
Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way. The different types of dementia tend to affect people differently, especially in the early stages. How others respond to the person, and how supportive or enabling the person’s surroundings are, also greatly affect how well someone can live with dementia.
A person with dementia will have cognitive symptoms (problems with thinking or memory).
** All facts about Dementia obtained from http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/ - for more information please visit their site
This is the most common cause of dementia. Brain cells are surrounded by an abnormal protein and their internal structure is also damaged. In time, chemical connections between brain cells are lost and some cells die. Problems with day-to-day memory are often noticed first, but other symptoms may include difficulties with: finding the right words, solving problems, making decisions, or perceiving things in three dimensions.
If the oxygen supply to the brain is reduced because of narrowing or blockage of blood vessels, some brain cells become damaged or die. This causes vascular dementia. The symptoms can occur either suddenly following one large stroke, or over time through a series of small strokes or damage to small blood vessels deep in the brain. The symptoms of vascular dementia vary and may overlap with those of Alzheimer’s disease. Many people have difficulties with problem-solving or planning, thinking quickly and concentrating. They may also have short periods when they get very confused.
This is when someone has more than one type of dementia, and a mixture of symptoms. It is common for someone to have Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia together.
This type of dementia involves tiny abnormal structures (Lewy bodies) developing inside brain cells. They disrupt the brain’s chemistry and lead to the death of brain cells. Early symptoms can include fluctuating alertness, difficulties with judging distances and hallucinations. Day-to-day memory is usually affected less than in early Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia with Lewy bodies is closely related to Parkinson’s disease and often has some of the same symptoms, including difficulty with movement.
In frontotemporal dementia, the front and side parts of the brain are damaged over time when clumps of abnormal proteins form inside nerve cells, causing them to die. At first, changes in personality and behaviour may be the most obvious signs. Depending on where the damage is, the person may have difficulties with fluent speech or may forget the meaning of words or objects.
Salus staff work in a very person - centred way. They relate well to my mother and her family. They are caring, patient and offer her a valuable mixture of reassurance and stimulation. I visit on a daily basis and sometimes it feels as if mum is central to a happy family atmosphere again. At 92 years of age with Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer's, that is no mean feat! My hat goes off to the managers Olga,Sam and Louise who have worked tirelessly recently to cover staff absence.
Our daughter Elaine was an alcoholic with associated medical issues. We (her parents) were in despair that we could not help her, as she refused our help continually saying she could cope, and intended to deal with problems herself. We called in Salus. They easily befriended Elaine(not an easy task), were able to get her to take her medication, agreed to eat, and even had her out to socialize!! They looked after her ever need as her health deteriorated, and we were there to the end. A wonderful organisation, I would recommend without hesitation. Thank you Olga,Louise and Sam for making Elaine's last days on earth, bearable and loving. You are wonderful
Very satisfied with care given Carer was very accommodating if attendance times needed to be changed e.g. doctors appointment. Visits were on time - except occasional 5-10 mins
I would definitely recommend Salus to anyone considering a high standard of care at home. The carers are professional, efficient, supportive and always arrived with a smile. An excellent service.