Caring For Someone Who Has Dementia.
Sometimes, as you are no doubt aware, a person with dementia can start to view life through a slightly different lens. For example, things which were normal to them before might now seem frightening, or perhaps they may experience some confusion in daily life. It requires patience for the person themselves, and their relatives, to adjust to these changes. It is natural that you may be concerned about them and will want to help.
Life can be confusing for those who live with dementia and, due to the restrictions placed on us all by the current pandemic, they may be feeling more anxious and lonely at the moment. It might be some time before their normal social activities can resume. Having human contact will almost certainly help to provide some reassurance and helping them to keep busy can be a distraction too. We have provided some links to further information at the bottom of this page.
A person living with dementia in their own home will almost certainly benefit from a check to see that their home environment is safe and secure, as well as comfortable. The following list might help you to identify any issues which need to be addressed:
* Check for trip hazards such as electrical cables, loose carpets, floor tiles, rugs or paving slabs outside.
* Consider putting orange floor tape down to highlight changes in floor surfaces, for example tiles to carpet.
* Tidy away clutter which prevents free movement around the home or increases the need for cleaning.
* Check if the person is able move freely around their home. Perhaps some furniture can be removed.
* Check that there are adequate working smoke alarms.
* Test the window and door locks and ensure that someone has a spare key in case of emergencies.
* Assess whether the person might benefit from having ramps or safety grab rails fitted.
* For peace of mind, you might want to consider the use of a personal alarm or sensor technology in the home. For instance, there are now seat pad and floor pad alarms available for domestic use. Ask us about assistive technology.
* To prevent walking into glass doors, use stickers to make the glass easier to see.
* Check other dementia-friendly products on the market which might help eg clocks, signage, clothing etc.
At Home Instead, all our CAREGivers are trained in dementia support and many are very experienced in this area of care. They can help with shopping, meal preparation, personal care, companionship and much more.
If you would like to have a chat with us about additional care support options then please click below to complete a contact form and we will call you, or contact us on 01252 758716.
Other useful sources of information:
Activities to try : Activities from Alzheimer's Society
Providing support from a distance: Support advice from Alzheimer's Society