It can be overwhelming to watch someone that you love experience dementia and having to be moved from the place they have called home for years. But did you know with the proper help and support your loved one can stay at home and be more comfortable and confident? Dementia decreases the ability that your loved one has to live on his or her own but with the right care and concern, living at home can be one of the options for you and your family members to choose. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips for you to use in the care of your loved one with dementia.
Taking in Nourishment
One of the first problems someone with dementia may experience is with the basic tasks of drinking and eating. They might not recognise food and will then experience malnutrition as well as weight loss. If you don’t manage their eating habits appropriately, they can experience depression, constipation, tiredness, and pain that will all be aggravated by not eating well-balanced meals. You can help them to remain properly nourished by providing them with snacks and small meals, plenty of encouragement, and food that is warm and appealing. You might want to have some soft music playing in the background, join them in a snack yourself, and provide an atmosphere that is conducive to eating and enjoying the food that is before them.
Dressing for the Day
Your loved one who is experiencing dementia may lose their balance as well as their ability to dress properly. At first, you should let them decide what they want to wear and only offer your support when they need it; as the disease progresses you can help them to choose clothing that is appropriate for the season, the occasion, or that offers them comfort around their home. As their moods and tastes change, you’ll want to assist them with buying clothes that are easy to manage perhaps with poppers rather than buttons.
Help around the House
If you have a family and responsibilities of your own to handle, helping around the house can easily be done by someone from an agency that can come to your loved one’s home to provide live in care. This person will be vetted properly, have the appropriate credentials, and have a caring and compassionate attitude when it comes to caring for your loved one. The staff member that comes to the home will help with bathing, mobility issues, light housework, and just working with your family member to enhance the quality of their life. It will be very important to find the right agency as well as the right person so that you can keep the same professional working with your loved one on a regular basis. Once you find this person you’ll have a valuable asset caring for your family member with dementia and it will be important to keep this person on a regular schedule with your loved one as much as possible.
You can successfully care for your loved one who has dementia in a home setting if you follow some simple guidelines and locate a trained and caring professional to assist you.