Caring for a senior with dementia is not easy. Unfortunately, some seniors can and do suffer from mental deterioration as the years move on. It makes their life hard, but it is also a burden for those who have to care for said senior.
Of course, we want to do everything possible to take care of our elders, and sometimes that means providing dementia care at home for them, as opposed to senior care homes. Let’s go over some crucial tips on how to provide dementia care at home for seniors.
What is important to note is that you are only a human being, and as is the case with all humans, we have our limits. Caring for somebody with dementia is not easy, but it is doable for the most part. That said, do not feel like you have to do it all on your own. You work, you have children, and you have a life to live. It is not fair, nor is it necessary for you to foot the burden on your own.
All the power to you if you can manage to provide 100% of the care on your own. However, there is no shame in asking for help. There are a variety of services and programs out there designed to provide at home care for dementia patients. There is everything from full live-in caregivers to people who come by every now and again to cook, clean, and perform other tasks.
Simply put, know your limits and realistically determine the level of care the senior needs, and weigh this against the level of care you can easily provide. If you cannot meet the needs of the patient on your own, asking for help or hiring professionals is necessary. There is absolutely no shame in asking for help.
Another important aspect of providing at home care for dementia sufferers is to create a plan. For one, this means figuring out a variety of factors; this is not something you want to do on the fly without a plan. This is something that needs to be planned for, and this goes for all possible eventualities. Here are some of the things you need to ask yourself.
Being prepared for any and all possibilities or events that may occur during this journey is the best way to deal with any issue that may arise. It’s all about being prepared as much as possible for anything and everything that may happen.
Something you have to remember in this situation is not only to take care of the senior with dementia, but of yourself as well. It is no secret that taking care of somebody with dementia is a very physically and mentally demanding task. Going through something like this on your own is not recommended. Here are some tips on how to take care of yourself during this difficult time.
One thing you will need to learn here is to communicate in very simple and effective ways. Seniors with dementia are going to lose the ability to think rationally and make decisions, and they will lose cognitive abilities in general. Therefore, you need to learn to communicate with them in a way which they can easily understand, interpret, and respond to. Here are some tips on communication with seniors with dementia.
The other thing to keep in mind is that developing a routine will help maintain some semblance of normality in everyday life.
You want to create a sense of structure and familiarity, you want to tell your loved ones exactly what the plan is (in a very clear way), and you want to involve those people in your daily activities as much as the circumstance will allow.
Try to do things which stimulate the person, things which they are known to enjoy, and things which will not create confusion. An important thing to beware of here is that structure, planning, and familiarity will help make your life easier, and it will create less stress and confusion for the dementia patient.
Taking care of seniors with dementia is no walk in the park, but with the right resources and techniques, a bit of structure, some outside help, and a bit of R&R for yourself, it is more than doable.