Caring for someone with dementia
Caring for a person living with dementia is challenging and emotional for everyone involved. As the onset of dementia begins, you’ll notice changes that can be very confusing and frustrating. We're here to help!
"When life feels hard...
...learn to rest, not to quit"
A good place to start unravelling the confusion is by getting a formal diagnosis from your doctor. It’s surprising how many people don’t do this in the early stages but those that do, have more time to come to terms with the disease and prepare themselves and their loved ones as best they can.
Your doctor will also be a good starting-point for useful resources to help you understand the changes your loved is going through and how to manage the symptoms. They will look at treatment options such as medication and discuss with the family what to expect as the condition progresses.
Because dementia is a degenerative condition, the time will come when the person you are caring for can no longer make sound decisions. It is important to talk to them about legal, financial and medical planning while they still have the ability to understand and can give their consent. A lawyer can help and you may need to consider changes regarding power of attorney (POA) and a living will.
Work with your doctor and care agency to develop an effective care plan, Caring for a person living with Dementia can be hard work and should be a team effort. It is important to factor in your own needs for rest and support to avoid burning-out over time. If you feel alone or that you have nowhere to turn to for support, tap into the resources available for practical and emotional support.
As the disease progresses, new challenges will emerge - but it is important to deal with these one step at a time.
If you need help caring for someone living with Dementia, or even a break, give us a call to chat to one of our qualified carers about your needs.
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