A recent article published by the guardian has suggested that personal experience with Alzheimer’s and other Dementias are often ignored by our social care system. Experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will often talk about the facts, figures and latest findings in relation to the disease. However it is unlikely that an ‘industry expert’ will provide training on how to deal with the emotional aspect for both those with the disease and the loved ones around them.
Although physical and behavioural changes can be listed by many, only family carers can understand the nature of the disease. Experience is the key to gaining real knowledge into how families can cope and deal with dementia. Too often specialised areas of dementia care are overlooked and leave experts baffled; areas such as how to communicate with a person who has advanced dementia and how to manage their behaviours aren’t so easily tackled by expert advice. Although a sound understanding of the what’s and why’s of dementia care are good, it doesn’t give much of a backbone to the daily challenges faced by families.
We believe communication between different family members/carers is the key to unlocking methods that will help families cope with the disease. Family members have the capability to tell stories and share life experience which can really help others wanting to provide care, for their loved one.
Home Instead Senior Care are currently hosting Alzheimer’s and Dementia workshops in Sheffield for families to learn more about Dementia and also teach them techniques to manage those specialised areas of the disease. But more importantly these workshops are designed to get family carers talking about their experiences with people who are in the same situation. That is why we are always encouraging more and more family members to attend our workshops to really talk about what is going on at home.
If you would like any further information or would like to attend the workshops in 2014 please call us on 0114 246 9666