Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK alone. This figure keeps growing and is estimated to reach 2 million people by 2051. You may be wondering, what is the best way to care for someone with dementia? Guardian Carers is here to help. Every year, we help people with dementia enhance their lives and live happier lives at home.
Caring for someone with dementia may feel daunting at times, but it is not as challenging as you may think. Whether you are a professional carer or you are a family carer looking after a family member with dementia, having the right knowledge and the right attitude towards the disease will ensure you can meet the challenge.
Educating yourself about dementia is one of the key steps which will help you to care well for someone with dementia. Having a positive attitude and a realistic approach will help you as well. Dementia differs from person to person and it can often surprise you, but being prepared will make your life easier as well as enhance the life of the person you are caring for.
As dementia progresses, it not only affects a person’s memory but also their ability to express themselves. Knowing how to upgrade your relationship with someone with dementia and learning new ways to communicate with them in a way that will make you understood is essential. Below, you will find some tips on communicating with someone with dementia as well as tips on managing their dementia and caring for them.
Dementia can be managed and its progression can be slowed down. Whether you are a professional carer or a family carer, you should know that there are ways in which you can prompt the memory of someone with dementia and slow down their cognitive decline.
Communicating effectively with a person with dementia is key in offering them the perfect care. Communication is essential in helping them maintain a healthy mind and helping to prompt their memory. Using the tips mentioned above will help you care better for someone with dementia.
More than this, talking about their past such as evoking memories from their childhood or other memorable experiences will help them remember and get excited to talk about these memories. Remember that despite the fact that their short-term memory is very bad, their long-term memory can be easily accessed with such triggers.
Another tip is to remember that emotion is deeply linked with memories. Apart from creating a ‘memory book’ or a ‘life story’, you can also use music to help them remember events from their past. Creating a playlist with some of their favourite songs will help them recall memorable life events and calm them down when they may be under distress.
Lastly, physical health is deeply tied to dementia. Someone with dementia may have the tendency to become complacent. In extreme cases, this can lead to them losing their will to live. Too much time left to their own devices in front of the television will only further deteriorate their condition. It’s essential to engage them in a form of exercise on a daily basis. This can be anything from a light walk in the park to 15 minutes of gymnastics at home.
By now, you should be more confident in your ability to care for someone with dementia. Keep reading for some easy and essential tips which will help you do better in your role and help the person with dementia live a happier life.
These simple tips should help you care better for people with dementia. If you wish to continue to deliver quality care for people with dementia we recommend continuing to educate yourself, as dementia is a progressive disease and more research is being unveiled each day. You can read more about dementia and home care on our blog. To enquire with Guardian Carers, you can call 0207 183 1395.