How To Care For Someone With Dementia
Anger, confusion, and sadness are some of the few symptoms a person with dementia may experience. From thinking and behavior to the ability to perform simple tasks, dementia can affect almost all aspects of a person’s life. Even if you know these are symptoms of a syndrome and not intentional, dealing with them can be emotionally and physically challenging. Since difficulty in communication is a common symptom of progressing dementia, it can be more challenging to care for someone with dementia.
However, by understanding how dementia affects a person and how to provide the right support, you can learn to take care of your loved ones with dementia.
1. Have patience
People with dementia often struggle with a loss of self, which can be quite frustrating and may also cause a lot of emotional turmoil in both of your lives. As a caregiver, it is essential to understand your loved one’s condition and develop patience. They may be reluctant to perform certain tasks that they could before, such as preparing a meal. For that reason, be thoughtful of the things that make you impatient. If you find yourself struggling with patience, practice meditation and deep breathing exercises, which help calm your mind.
2. Practice good communication
Dementia can affect a person's communication, which is why it may be crucial for you to learn new ways to communicate with your loved one with dementia. When speaking to them, talk slowly and more clearly using short and simple sentences. Instead of asking complicated questions, try asking questions with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. Memory recollection can be highly challenging for dementia patients and so avoid testing their memory.
3. Recognize caregiver stress
As a caregiver, you are likely to overlook your rising stress levels, especially when you are busy taking care of your loved one. Having said that, if you experience stress regularly, you should talk to your medical doctor and if possible, take a break from your caregiving duties. The most common signs of caregiver stress are social withdrawal, anxiety, depression, fatigue, anger at the person with dementia, concentration issues, and more.
Dealing with dementia behavior can quickly wear out a family caregiver. For that reason, it is essential to take short breaks and reduce the number of responsibilities on your shoulder. Advantage Plus can help you with caregivers and home health services. For more information about in-home services for seniors, contact us today.