Caring for a loved one with dementia can be challenging at best. Patients with dementia related to Alzheimer's and other diseases have a lost connection between brain cells making it more difficult to remember things, communicate, think clearly and take care of themselves. Dementia can even cause changes in a person's behaviour and personality.
Families often choose in-home care during the early stages of dementia to keep their loved ones independent and in familiar surroundings. But, as the condition progresses, it might be necessary to move your loved one to a facility where he or she will get the care they need.
CareChamp Can Help Care for Your Loved One with Dementia
Recent statistics revealed that nearly half of all family members that take care of their loved one with dementia, develop depression or anxiety. While this doesn't really come as a surprise, these conditions can often lead to poor health or a complete breakdown for the carer.
The good news is, you don't have to do it all alone. By providing you with highly trained companions, caregivers and professional nurses, CareChamp can support you through the challenging journey of caring for your loved one.
CareChamp can also help you to communicate better with your loved one. Here are 10 communication tips to help get you started:
● Set a positive mood for interaction
● Get their attention
● Talk slowly and clearly
● Ask simple questions that are easy to answer
● Listen with your ears but also with your heart
● Break down activities into steps
● When nothing is working, distract and redirect
● Respond with reassurance and affection
● Remember the good old days
● Keep your sense of humour
When dementia patients start to recognise that their mental abilities are declining, they feel vulnerable. CareChamp caregivers (champs) can give them the support, reassurance and assistance they and their families need throughout the progression of the illness. To find out how we can help you, get in touch today!