Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. This is caused by abnormal brain changes. These changes trigger a decline in thinking skills, also known as cognitive abilities, severe enough to impair daily life and independent function. They also affect behavior, feelings, and relationships.
A person with dementia needs a lot of care and support to feel good and safe at home. We know it’s not easy, but you can try to understand how a person with dementia sees the world and try to understand their behavior. There are many factors in which you can participate in the care of your special loved one. Here are some tips to help you provide better care.
Keep family memories close
Having family memories near your loved one, like albums, letters, photo frames, etc. can help them to stimulate their brain by having the memories constantly in sight. This will help them to remember it more easily.
Have a schedule of simple activities
Having a daily routine is essential to slow down the progress of dementia. It is extremely important that you avoid routine changes or making very significant changes in your loved one’s life, as they could end up having a crisis.
Walks and talks
Walking with your loved one will encourage conversation and help with communication skills. It will prevent your loved one from wandering off and feeling alone and confused.
Put their favorite music on
When a person with dementia feels stressed, confused, or is having a crisis, music can be of great help to them. It helps them to relax and brings them back to a point of peace. It is very important not to invade their space or stress them more when they are going through a time of crisis so that this does not increase.
Stimulation of brain development
You can encourage the stimulation of your loved one’s brain development through activities or games such as sudoku, crossword puzzles, memory games, stories, painting, dancing, and riddles. All this will help your loved one’s mind to be active and constantly functioning.
It is very important that the rest of the family visits their loved one on a regular basis, and if it is possible that the visits become a routine, distribute days and hours among all of you in order to foster a routine for your loved one.
Ask for help
It’s always good to ask for advice or help when you feel like you don’t know what else to do. Get advice on how daily tasks can be made easier, such as dressing, alimentation, talking to the person, how to manage their medication, etc. Having a capable and prepared person helping you will always make everything easier for you.
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be exceptionally difficult and stressful. It takes an emotional toll, and sometimes a physical toll, on the caregiver. At 24/7 Nursing Care, we care about your loved one and seek to provide them with the best attention and care they deserve. We also seek to help you reduce your stress by providing the care that the individual needs.
There are a variety of options available for an in-home care referral for dementia patients. Contact us for a free in-home consultation to learn more about the options for your unique needs at 786-518-3622 Miami-Dade, 954-949-1332 Broward.