November 19, 2018 at 8:17 pm · Senior Living Georgia · Comments Off on Dementia Care: Knowing What You Should and Shouldn’t Do
Approximately 10 million individuals are diagnosed with dementia each year. This syndrome typically impacts elderly individuals already facing challenges from aging.
For family members responsible for providing dementia care, knowing what to do, what to say, and how to react can be tough. Watching your loved one change almost by the day can leave you feeling confused and frustrated.
Often, these feelings impact how you care for your elderly loved one, even if you don’t want them to.
Wondering how you can make dealing with dementia as easy as possible for both you and your loved one? We’ve put together a simple guide of what to do and what to avoid when providing dementia care.
Do Keep Explanations, Tasks, and Expectations Simple
Dementia is a progressive condition with many different symptoms. Those symptoms will be moderate when your loved one is first diagnosed and gradually get worse as time goes on. Complicated explanations and tasks will become more difficult for them to understand over time.
When dealing with dementia, it’s important to keep explanations as simple as possible. If your loved one is confused about a task or wondering why things aren’t the way they remember, explain things gently and in basic terms.
Stick with the truth and use short sentences rather than giving them detailed explanations. The more information they have to process, the more frustrated they may become.
Do Be Patient When the Dementia Patient is Angry
Combative behavior is one of the most common symptoms dementia patients have, especially as the condition progresses.
If your loved one has an angry outburst, take a deep breath instead of reacting immediately. Once you’re calm, try to find out what caused the outburst in the first place.
Was it a conversation about something they don’t like? Are they uncomfortable or in pain?
Remember, most angry outbursts from individuals in dementia care happen when they’re scared. Look at what was happening before their reaction and work to keep those situations from happening in the future.
Don’t Get Upset
It’s easy to lose sight of who your loved one is when you’re working to cope with their different dementia behaviors. When you get frustrated, it can make their behaviors worse.
If you find yourself getting upset, take a step back. Remember, it’s dementia that’s causing your loved one to act out or forget where they are. It’s not a reflection of you, your care skills, or your love for them.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help with Dementia Care
If you’re like most people, you have a busy schedule. Providing care for your loved one can turn into a full-time job. If you find yourself struggling to give your loved one the attention they need, ask for help.
A personal care home can give them more freedom and individual attention as the syndrome progresses.
A Dementia Care Facility May be the Best Option
When dealing with dementia, seeking help from a dedicated care facility is always a good option.
Our staff can help with your loved one’s dementia care when you’re busy with the other demands of daily life. Schedule a tour today and see how we can help keep your loved one happy and entertained.