This month we invited The Reeve Nooney Partnership to the office to deliver their renowned dementia training to all our Caregivers. With an increase in the number of Clients calling requiring dementia support this training resonated with all our Caregivers. Whilst many have extensive dementia knowledge and experience, some working in specialist dementia care homes for example, everyone gleaned an enhanced view of the world of the dementia sufferer together with the reasons why it manifests in the brain.
In the home setting there are many small alterations which ease the day to day life of a person suffering with dementia. For example, often someone suffering with dementia does not see themselves in the present, believing themselves to be much younger, a small child for instance, hence when they see their reflection in a mirror the person starring back is a stranger at best, an intruder at worst. Most bathrooms incorporate a mirror on the wall, perhaps this is why mum or dad is reluctant to use the toilet or spend long washing or bathing, - simply because they perceive there to be a stranger in the room beside them.
With all types of dementia continuity is key for the Client and Caregiver in order that a trusted relationship may develop and routines are established. Sitting and eating with a dementia sufferer will help encourage them to eat and drink, activities which are so often neglected as the sufferer does not have the nerve impulses generating feelings of hunger or dehydration.
Home Instead's philosophy and care delivery is perfectly suited to supporting dementia sufferers and their families, if you or someone you know is suffering with dementia, give Vanessa or Lesley a call to discuss supporting them optimally.