Top Tips on Dealing with a Loved One’s Dementia This Christmas

Home Instead's Top Tips For a Christmas With Your Loved One
Home Instead's Top Tips For a Christmas With Your Loved One

The festive season is upon us and for many of us it is a great time to spend some quality time with the family and create some special memories, but how does a family manage when a guest or their loved one is living with dementia?

As part of Home Instead’s induction training, our inductees wear vision restricting glasses and have their hearing impaired to give them an idea of how living with dementia can affect people.

People living with dementia can sometimes struggle to come to terms with the chaos of Christmas so Home Instead have put together some top tips on how you can ensure you and your loved one enjoy Christmas.

  1. Medication - Stock up on your relatives medication for the full Christmas period to ensure you are fully prepared.
  2. Contacts – Ensure you know the key names and numbers your loved one may need such as GP, consultant, care team etc.
  3. The Christmas Feast – Serve your loved ones lunch, their depth perceptions may be different to yours and could possibly spill their food. Keep portions small, you can always offer them more.
  4. Decorations – Don’t have decorations that look like food on the table, your loved one suffering from dementia could mistake them for the real thing.
  5. Who’s who – Accept your loved ones ideas of who is who and when it is. DVDs of old TV shows such as Dad’s army may trigger some memories for your loved one and create a comforting way of spending the afternoon together.
  6. It may not be perfect – Don’t aim for perfection, enjoy the festive season with your family in your own special way.

Don’t forget, just because someone has dementia, it doesn’t mean they can’t join in with the family for fun and indulgence.

If you would like more information about caring for a loved one with dementia or would like to attend our family dementia workshops, do not hesitate to contact us on 0114 2507709 or come and see us at 6 Shirley House, 31 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, S11 8YL.