Caring for Loved Ones Living with Dementia

Each year in May, we usually mark Dementia Action Week here at Good Oaks Home Care.

 

This is a week when tens of thousands of people come together to make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia. This year, the event is being postponed until the Autumn, but we still wanted to take this opportunity to talk about supporting someone living with dementia.

It might also be helpful to read through the information on our website about supporting people with dementia living at home, in our Useful Resources section.

How can I help people living with dementia at the moment?

In these strange and unsettling time, things are strange and just different for all of us. In order to protect them, you might not be able to visit your friend or loved one who is living with dementia.

People living with dementia and older people in general are more at risk of severe illness with COVID-19 if they catch it.

If you are living at home with a family member who has dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society has put together some suggestions on how to make this time for manageable. This includes keeping to a routine as much as possible, staying in touch with friends and family via video calls, maintaining good hygiene to reduce the risk of becoming ill and arranging for food and medicine deliveries. You can take a look at this here.

The Alzheimer’s Society is now offering a new Dementia Connect Support Line. This has been established to support people who are worried about their memory, those living with dementia, or carers and family members. You can access this here.

Looking after your own mental health

As the carer of an elderly person with dementia, it is often easy to overlook your own welfare and happiness and this can be very detrimental to both your physical and mental health. Try and ensure you have some time to yourself and that you are able to keep doing the things that you enjoy doing and that make you happy.

There are a number of support groups available for people caring for loved ones and friends with dementia. These include:

Dementia Care at Good Oaks

We believe in providing compassionate, enabling dementia care in people’s own homes. Remaining in their own homes can be very comforting to them, at such a difficult time in their lives.

We focus on the individual’s needs, likes and dislikes, and care needs when writing care plans for our clients. All of our carers are Dignity in Care registered and have undertaken Dementia Friends training. We are committed to going the extra mile to help your loved one live safely and well at home.

You can read more about dementia care at Good Oaks here.

You can also take a look at how we have adapted our service in light of the COVID-19 outbreak here.

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