Tips for the Dementia Carer

We have put together some tips to help you be the best CAREGiver possible. Remember, it is very important that you have someone to turn to when the going gets tough.

Be patient:  It can often take time to get into a consistent care routine. Keeping calm and patient will allow this to happen whilst also respecting your loved one’s dignity and independence.

Take a guilt free break:  Allowing yourself some alone time to unwind a few times each month will help you to recognise and provide a much better quality of care.

Accept that they have changed:  The person you care for is unlikely to be the person you know them to be. Accepting this change will help you to stay in the here and now and give the best care possible.

Help them feel good: A new haircut or item of clothing can do wonders for your loved one’s confidence and self-worth, so don’t forget to treat them every now and again.

Accept help: In order to properly take care of someone else, you need to also be able to take care of yourself. When people offer to help you, it’s okay to accept it.

Practice acceptance: Focus on accepting the situation you are faced with the one you are caring for and look for ways it can help you grown as a person. Focus on the things you can control and find the silver lining. 

Focus on what you are able to provide: It's normal to feel guilty sometimes, but understand that no one is a "perfect" caregiver. Believe that you are doing the best you can and making the best decisions you can at any given time.

Learn a relaxation technique: Using relaxation techniques can help you feel more rested. They can also help you make time for yourself and don’t have to take lots of time if you’re struggling to make space for activities.

Take care of your health: Think of your body like a car. With the right fuel and proper maintenance, it will run reliably and well. Exercise regularly, eat well, and don’t skimp on sleep.

Laugh: Laughter is strong medicine for the mind and body and is a powerful antidote to stress. Watch a funny movie, go to a comedy club, and make time for fun activities like bowling or karaoke.

If you are struggling to cope as a caregiver, it is very important to talk to someone to get the help and support you need. 

Dementia Support Call Lines

National Dementia Helpline - 0300 222 11 22

Wales Dementia Helpline - 0808 808 2235 

Local Dementia Friendly Activity Groups

Wrexham                                                                                                           Flintshire

Memory Lane Cafe, St Giles Church, Wrexham                                               Mold Mix and Mingle Cafe, Mold

Forget Me Not Cafe, Salvation Army, Rhosddu                                                Windmill Memory cafe, Buckley

Singing for the Brain, St Margarets Church, Wrexham                                     Saltney Memory Cafe, Saltney

                                                                                                                          Monday Mix Memory Cafe, St Peters, Flint

                                                                                                                          Sealand Memory Cafe, Garden City.

                                                                                                                          Connah's Quay Memory Cafe, Connah's Quay

                                                                                                                          Clocktower memory cafe, Mostyn

                                                                                                                          Artisan Memory Cafe, Holywell

For further details on flintshire memory cafes follow the link below

http://www.flintshire.gov.uk/en/PDFFiles/Social-Services/Adult-Social-Services/SSA-Memory-Cafe-Calendar-July-Dec-2017.pdf