Dementia is one of those challenging illnesses that most people hope themselves, their family, or their friends never have to experience. It’s a severely debilitating illness that gradually worsens over time. It can be very stressful and emotional to deal with if you’re the one watching it unfold. However, there are some helpful tips when it comes to caring for someone who has dementia.
Let The Person Help With Everyday Tasks
The first thing that you want to focus on is keeping them independent for as long as possible. Simply removing everything they would usually do in their day-to-day life is likely to speed up the process of their dementia. Additionally, it may make them feel like they’re useless to help. Instead, help the person with everyday tasks. For example, it could be helping to shop for food or cleaning around the home with them.
Put Visual Aids Around The Home As A Reminder
Talking of reminders, visual aids are great for those with dementia to help with them around the home. A great way of making sure they remember things is by perhaps adding sticky labels to things around the home. This can help them know where things are when their memory might become a little fuzzy.
As things progress, you’ll likely find your own ways of coping with helping them remember things.
Set Aside Enough Time For Meal Prep
Meal prep is an important part of the day because you don’t want them to stress out when preparing food. Try to set the times when they should eat throughout the day and always keep a bottle of water on the go for them to drink throughout the day. Those with dementia can forget to eat and drink, so it’s good to try and keep things consistent when it comes to eating and drinking.
You might also see a change in food preference, so be prepared for that, whatever that may be.
Continue To Share Their Memories With Them
Having a loved one lose their memories or not recognize family members can be devastating, but when you’re able to get a glimpse of recognition, that can be really helpful. With that being said, try to continue to share memories with them whenever you can. Pull out old photo albums and play the music that they would always listen to. The more you can continue to share memories, the more likely it will be that they remember for longer. It might be painful for you and the rest of your loved ones, but it’s likely going to bring a lot of joy to the person who has dementia.
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