How To Deal With Dementia
As we get older, we all need a little extra help as there are things that we can no longer do for ourselves. However, sometimes due to a health condition, such as dementia, for instance, older adults need a lot more help. Being in a position where a parent or other relative has started to develop the first signs of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or Pick’s Disease can be scary.
You want to be there to help them because you care about them, the only problem is that you’re just not sure how you will cope. After all, it’s not like you’re a specialist in dementia care – you have no experience dealing with dementia, so it’s perfectly natural that you would feel anxious about caring for someone suffering from this type of health condition.
The good news is that there’s a lot of help out there when it comes to taking care of a relative who’s suffering from dementia, so you’re not going to be on your own. To help you to understand what’s involved in providing dementia care, below we’ve put together a useful guide – have a read, take note, and see what you think.
Take the watch and wait approach
What it’s important to understand is that just because a relative has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, that doesn’t mean that they will instantly need constant help. With dementia, often taking a watch and wait approach is best. Keep an eye on your loved one and monitor them, to see how well they are coping on their own. It could be months before they require extra care or they may need help sooner, it’s just a case of monitoring them to get a better idea of how they are coping.
Consider the options
When you start to notice them getting worse and needing more help, the next step is to take some time to think about your options. One option is to look into what dementia and Alzheimer’s care is available locally; perhaps you could hire a nurse to help your relative with any daily tasks that they can no longer deal with themselves, such as showering and getting dressed. Another option would be for them to move in with you, this, of course, depends on your personal circumstances, such as whether there’s room in your home or whether it’s practical.
Or, if you really don’t think there’s any other option, a residential care home could be worth considering. It all depends on how you think that you will cope, as well as what your relative’s care needs.
Take care of yourself
It’s important to make sure that you don’t fail to put yourself first. Just because you’re concentrating most of your time on taking care of your loved one, it’s important to ensure that you are also making time for yourself. Aim to set aside a certain amount of time for yourself each day, so that as well as caring for your loved one, you also have time for you.
Caring for someone who’s suffering from dementia is never easy, but if they are someone that you care about, then it’s worth making an effort to help them.