Caring For Someone With Dementia
According to Dementia UK ‘Dementia is a broad umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders. There are many different types of dementia and some people may present with a combination of types. Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own unique way.’
People who’ve recently been diagnosed with dementia, often experience various emotions, including denial, anger, fear, loneliness, frustration, loss, and depression. These feelings are normal and to be expected, but it is best not to ignore them, and to speak to someone about them.
When a person suffers with dementia, they may be easily confused, get angry quickly and not remember basic things such as who they are or where they live. Caring for someone with dementia is difficult and should not be underestimated. It is vital to have a good support network for both the person with dementia and their carer, whether it’s family, friends or professionals. Dementia care is a personal choice, but it is important that the person with dementia and their carer discusses their options, and where appropriate, consider respite care, carer visits at home and residential care homes.
Being a carer for your loved one is taxing, trying and emotional. It may be difficult seeing your family member struggle and change, depending on the type of dementia they have. There is a wide range of supports available for people caring for someone with dementia, with a wealth of information accessible online.
When someone has been suffering with dementia for a long time, it is sometimes difficult to remember what they were like before. Deep down they will always be the same person you’ve always loved, so even on days when they don’t remember you, remind them you love them, even if it’s just in the way you care for them.
Reminiscence therapy is about encouraging people to talk about their past, which may help stimulate their long-term memory. At home, you could consider writing your loved one’s Life Story with them, to remind them of wonderful times you’ve had. There is lots of information available online.
There are a plethora of services available for people suffering with dementia and their carers. The person with dementia will see doctors, carers and occupational therapists, but there are also support groups, other full time carers and charities and organisations that are willing to help. You will find they want to help both the person with dementia and their carer. There is nothing wrong with asking for help, and ensuring that you have access to all the help you’re entitled to. There are a variety of services and groups who can help you to make sure you’re getting the help you deserve.
There are online communities and helplines available including those from the Alzheimer’s Society. There are also a huge number of websites that offer advice and information, including the NHS website, Dementia UK and Age UK.
Caring for someone with dementia can be very lonely and very difficult – some days they will be unpredictable. There are a number of support groups for full time carers, and there is always the option of having a professional carer come in to your home to help. Each case is different, and you may only need help for an hour a week, or a few hours a day.
Age UK says ‘Try to be honest with friends and family and talk about what you’re going through. Gently explain the ways in which they can best help you and the person you care for.’
24 Hour Support – Residential and Nursing Care
At Springcare, we truly understand how the decision to come into residential/ nursing care impacts on the individual and families. That is why we spend the time to ask the right questions to ensure that we achieve a successful transition and admission to our homes. We work at your pace, gather information about your life and future wishes, ensure that we can meet your health and support needs and find out those details that importantly make a difference.
Using simple tools such as talking, viewing old photographs or listening to music, staff can help ease any distress or anxiety residents may be feeling.
Our resources to help people improve their independence and well-being include:
Springcare is a group of residential and nursing homes in Shropshire, Cheshire and the Wirral. All of our homes cover a wide range of care – ranging from the basic residential care where clients simply need support to continue independently with their lives, to nursing home care. We have 6 specialist dementia care homes spread across Shropshire, Cheshire and the Wirral – please contact these homes directly if you are interested in the care home and the services provided there.
If you’d like more information about our residential care homes, call 01948 661 400 or email email@example.com.