We all have an image that is conjured up when talking about dementia in the elderly, but few understand just how varied and complex the disease can be and how many ways it can present itself. Unless you have direct experience of dealing with a loved one with dementia or other memory related health issues, it is hard to really get a feel for how to deal with the challenges it raises.
You may be eager to help your elderly relative, but you may struggle and become frustrated if you don’t know how to provide adequate dementia homecare for them.
At Castle Homecare, we have many years of experience in providing care to those suffering with dementia, alzheimer’s and other related conditions involving social, language and cognitive abilities.
Here are a few tips on things you can do to help make their lives that little bit easier to cope with:
Make Things Simple for Them
When providing care at home for those with any type of memory problems, it is important to make as many parts of their daily lives as uncomplicated as possible.
1. Organise – By decluttering and better organising belongings in their home, it can have a calming effect, as the old adage goes “tidy house, tidy mind”.
Also, try to implement a set daily routine for meals, activities and sleep. This can be just what they need to feel safe and secure. Predictability is key, as surprise and the associated insecurity are what you want to avoid.
2. Reliability – If your elderly relative knows that they can count on you, come what may, it will afford them the comfort of mind they need. Provide as much care as you can manage, whilst keeping an eye on maintaining their independence.
Home Care Support Services
The changes these disorders can cause on a person as well as their loved ones can be extremely challenging and very hard to deal with alone but there are homecare service available including professionals to offer guidance, daily home care support service and respite care to give you some free time for yourself.
At Castle Homecare we are happy to take your call, so please feel free to contact us on 01 445 2268 to discuss the types of supports you may need, and please know that there is no obligation on you when you do call us.