Caring for People with Dementia

Today, we have just a couple of thoughts to keep in mind if you are caring for a loved one with dementia, there is a lot more detailed information available on these subject available but we hope this quick overview will give you a few ideas of what you can be thinking about that might just make life a bit easier.Ask For Support – Support is available and in terms of day to day care, there are some great services out there including care at home, companion care, respite care, emergency short-term homecare, and private home care. Home Environment – There are a number of ways you can improve a home environment to make it more comfortable for a person with dementia and the following are worth thinking about initially to minimize confusion;· Good lighting – Have a well lit home with good lighting and allowing in lots of natural light and ensure light switches are easy to use and easy to find.· Reduce noise – For example, cushions and carpets are a good idea because they dampen noise and loud noises can often exacerbate dementia symptoms.· Reduce causes of confusion – For example laminate flooring or shiny flooring is not great because dementia sufferers might see it as being wet (thanks to the shiny surface) and this known to cause problems. Also, depending on the circumstances it is worth thinking about daily living aids that are know to help people with dementia, the most popular are products that help reduce confusion and frustration such as digital clock calendars, automatic pill dispensers and easy to use phones and TV remote controls. Plan Ahead – Although it may be hard right now, you will have to start planning for the future. For example, you might want to look into understanding the whole area of ‘Power of Attorney’ so you can be in control of making the decisions for your loved one.Dementia HomecareAt Castle Homecare, we provide professional Dementia care. We know 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. We know everyone’s needs are different, so all of our services can be tailored to suit your needs. If you would like to discuss Dementia Homecare and the services we offer please contact us on 01 2965304 for a chat about your requirements.