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Caring for someone with dementia

April 22, 2020 5:19 pm

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  1. Accept support

Whether you care for someone in your family or provide professional care, do not ever be afraid to ask for help. A lot of family carers find support groups useful. Groups like this give carers an opportunity to vent in a group with people who understand what they’re experiencing. It’s also a chance to hear what’s worked for other carers and find out about local dementia services.

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  1. Active empathy

Caring begins with compassion and empathy. This is true in all human relationships but can be especially important for caregivers of dementia. For example, people with dementia tend to get confused about where they are and even where they live. For example, imagine how you would feel and would want to be treated if you suddenly find yourself confused in an unfamiliar place, not know what year it is or even your own identity. Find out about Dementia Care Homes Taunton at a site like Notaro, leading provider of Dementia Care Homes Taunton

  1. Be caregivers realistic

As the disease progresses, don’t be unrealistic about what can be classed as success. Success simply means that the person is as comfortable, content and secure as possible. A lot of dementia caregivers know to expect ups and downs. Appreciate and encourage the good days and even moments that are good for people with dementia, do not try to force them.

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  1. Dementia is more than memory loss

Memory loss is a classic symptom of dementia, however, some dementia, like frontotemporal dementia manifests as a personality change rather than memory loss. The symptoms experienced vary depending on the brain part impacted by the disease. Memory loss is often the most obvious symptom, although decreased neurological ability can cause other problems.

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