Caring for someone with dementia can be mentally and physically exhausting — but equally rewarding. The good news is that there are a lot of ways people with dementia can be cared for that anyone can do. You can use your creative skills, learn new ones and form fulfilling relationships with the person or people you care for.
Although dementia is commonly associated with memory problems – other symptoms like difficulty concentrating, planning and judging distances are frequently experienced. Moods and emotions can also be tricky for someone with dementia to navigate. All these problems can affect completing the everyday tasks they used to find easy to do.
These tasks are regular but can become difficult for someone with dementia. You can help with planning and aiding their memory, plus providing company for someone, no matter what they are doing, is always appreciated.
Sometimes a pet may not be suitable for someone with dementia, but a ‘fake’ one could still help. Petting and cuddling a soft animal can allow them to stay calm and provides sensory stimulation. For more information on pets and dementia, this blog is very helpful.
Living with dementia can make some people feel depressed and affect their moods. Art therapy and creative activities have been shown to help with keeping people engaged and happy. Some are even calming, like colouring. If the person was always creative, this could help to bring back some of their old skills, or it could help them to learn entirely new ones. It can also help with memory loss or difficulty concentrating.
You can arrange to visit a memory café where some of these creative activities take place. They may also include quizzes, massage therapy and they usually provide tea, coffee and biscuits (for a small donation). If you don’t feel confident setting up a creative activity yourself, a memory café is a great solution.
A good night’s sleep is important for all of us, but people living with dementia can suffer from sleep disturbance and become disoriented. They may get up in the night and be confused as to what time of day or night it is. The following tips will be especially helpful if you are living with someone with dementia, as you will be with them overnight.
Anyone can feel lonely or isolated at times, but with dementia, these feelings can be more common and debilitating. Even if you do not feel confident or don’t have enough time to do all the other things mentioned above, simply taking the time to talk with someone who has dementia (perhaps over a cup of tea) can help them to feel like they matter and build confidence.
Tips for chatting with someone who has dementia:
If you have a friend or loved one with dementia, it can seem overwhelming. But there are lots of places you can go online to read more about it and discover simple ways you can care for them or help. Below are some of the sites that you might find insightful, however, if you feel that professional dementia care is required don’t hesitate and get in touch with one of our friendly home care team via phone or email.
At Cavendish Homecare are one of the leading providers of dementia care and offer personalised dementia care for patients in London and the home counties. We also offer respite care to those who need and truly deserve it.
If you would like to learn more about our services please do not hesitate to get in touch.