Dementia Care Tips
Our campaign #CareAboutDementia is all about raising awareness of living with dementia and some of the things we can all do to help when caring for a person with it.
It can often be the simplest things such as reminiscing with a person about happy memories or more practically thinking about aids such as labels with words or pictures around the home which might help memory.
As part of the campaign, our wonderful CAREGivers from across the UK shared some of their insights into how they #CareAboutDementia.
Fran Shaw, who’s a CAREGiver at Home Instead Market Harborough said: “My tip I gained from a family member who lived with dementia towards the end of her life, was not to correct her when she told you the same story or asked the same question a number of times. It’s about being patient and even if you feel frustrated at the time, put a smile on your face and let them know you are listening and are interested in what they have to say.”
This was echoed by CAREGiver Karen Dyke from our Home Instead East Shropshire office who said: “Be patient, kind and understanding”.
And it’s about appealing to a person’s senses as CAREGiver Yolanda Clarke of Home Instead South Manchester said: “I wear interesting patterns and bright colours to stimulate visual senses.”
Jo and Anna from Home Instead Epping Forest shared their tips on how they #CareAboutDementia. Jo said knitting with one of her clients helps to lift her mood and recall her childhood and Anna talked about how she plays a favourite song on her phone to cheer up her client.