A day filled with love and appreciation for each other.
This can be a difficult time for folks who are losing their loved ones slowly to dementia, but with some preparation, you can make the day a good one. Here’s how to spend time with your loved one with dementia…
When a loved one becomes diagnosed with dementia it’s a shock on the individual and their family. Often times, the management of the changes becomes the responsibility of the caregiver. Families must adjust their lifestyle, routines, and even the way they communicate. This requires an understanding of the abilities of their diagnosed family member. The number of changes can be overwhelming, especially at first. Below, we outline 3 different areas to focus on for a more thoughtful approach.
Establishing productive communication with someone with dementia can be difficult at first. If you keep in mind these approaches you’ll have better luck.
During Verbal Communication
A couple months ago we surveyed a group of healthcare professionals and caregivers who work with dementia individuals.
The survey was focused on caregiver self-care and guilt. We asked the following true or false questions.
The results were unfortunately not shocking since we know the burden caregivers carry, often putting their own needs last.
55% answered that they have struggled with self-care at some point in the past
45% answered that they have lost touch of their hobbies, or don't have a hobby
60% answered that they spend so much time taking care of others that they don't take time to care for themselves
40% answered that at times, they feel guilty when caring for themselves,...