If you have a family member living with dementia, you probably know how challenging it is to care for them. Most dementia patients suffer from a progressive brain disorder that makes it hard for them to think clearly, remember things, take care of themselves, and communicate with others. Dementia can also change a person’s behavior and personality and cause mood swings. Below are effective ways to care for someone living with dementia.
Communicating with a person with dementia can be difficult. As the disease progresses, it becomes harder for dementia patients to understand others, and they lose the ability to express themselves. Learning how to communicate with them makes caregiving easier and improves your relationship with a loved one. The following tips will help you communicate effectively with a dementia patient:
What you should not do:
Behavior and personality changes pose the biggest challenge when caring for a person living with dementia. The best way to deal with these challenges is to be patient, compassionate, flexible, and creative. It would also help if you maintain your sense of humor and don’t take things personally.
Important things to remember include:
People with dementia tend to wander aimlessly, for various reasons, such as medication side effects or boredom. It is also possible they are trying to fulfill a physical need such as hunger, thirst, or exercise. So, how can you minimize their movements?
People with dementia can still enjoy life, and there are many activities they can enjoy both individually and with others. Helping them to remain physically and mentally active helps them to focus on the fun and positive aspects of life.