Caring for Residents with Dementia

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Caring for Residents with Dementia

Caring for a person with dementia may seem an uphill task. It, however, narrows down to very simple and natural practice to understand these people. If you have the patience it deserves while understanding what entails the condition, you are good to go. Other than having knowledge of a loved one’s Dementia condition, other factors are also a part. Let us consider some.

Try connecting with them through engagement in a familiar activity

However much Dementia can cause adverse memory loss, some activities can create common ground between you and your person Dementia loved one. Going through old photo albums, reading them stories and poems, watching movies together while actively trying to narrate to them, going on nature walks, engaging in the person’s old hobbies, frequently cooking for the patient their old favourite dishes and maintaining natural environments such as connecting with animals and nature in general.

The project coordinator at FirstCare, Jane Byrne, points out that there are many causes of dementia. The most common is Alzheimer’s, though the symptoms of dementia can also be caused by a series of strokes, known as vascular dementia.

  • Environmental consideration

Adjusting the environment to be Dementia friendly is vital to the care process. An environment in which entails a minimized movement,trying to laugh and create a good mood surrounding, giving plenty of light, putting clear signs of places such as toilets, kitchen, and bedrooms, using contrasting colors for different for separate areas and employing safety decor such as soft furnishing enables patients to be able to define their space as well as move around.

  • Communication

This can be considered as the most vital of the process. This can either break or make the care process. Imagine a world without communication, nothing would progress, right? Maintaining good communication with a person with Dementia is the key to progress. Through the use of non-verbal cues, speaking in a relaxed tone, avoiding distractions while communicating, actively listening and not correcting every erroneous statement made by the patient and if so, it should not be mild.

  • Stay safe! Make future plans

While you may get comfortable in the normal routines and status quo regarding a dementia patient, it is vital that you have a number of precaution measures in place. Dementia patients after a while may tend to require professional care of their memory condition. This calls for proper scrutiny based on availability, quality, and cost of a care facility. Saving some finances for such times is important too.

  • Give them a sense of belonging

An enabling and supportive environment is vital for a Dementia resident. Salient to a majority of caregivers, it is important to inculcate empathy and compassion while caring for people with Dementia.

  • Seek support

It can be quite stressful for family caregivers in taking care of dementia patients and could result in the latter forgetting themselves. Help from voluntary caregivers and social services could come in handy to such cases.

  • Avoid making assumptions of the patient behaviour

A majority of the times, caregivers tend to misunderstand the wants of a Dementia patient which leads to the wrong judgment of their actions. A patient, for example, maybe misjudged as being aggressive and needing medical evaluation while all they need is a mere glass of water due to changes in their brain activity which is common to such people. Making sure you are fully knowledgeable about the condition is vital to avoid making such assumptions. If you are not sure of behaviour, it is very important to consult first.

Hannah Murray

Hannah is a freelance travel and fashion writer who prides herself in finding the perfect tours and operators to make your journey as authentic and memorable as possible.

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