Many things go into caring for a loved one with dementia. Unfortunately, some days seem like an endless demand for one thing after another. But if we sit back for a minute and look at the whole picture, we can group things into categories to simplify exactly what is needed.
Caring for dementia patients is not typically taught in high school. Nor is it an inborn ability of a selected few. Even those with a natural heart for caregiving have a learning curve that is most often hard-earned from experience.
So, if you are new to dementia caregiving, please, give yourself a break. You will learn as time passes and things come up. Be open to those who have been there, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. There is no shame in asking for help.
Life Engagement Opportunities
Just because memories are in limited supply does not mean that the experience of living is over. People fear old age only because they think that it will mean that life will be over, and it is merely a holding pattern waiting to die. However, life and life experiences do not expire with the appearance of wrinkles.
Patients with dementia may not have all their memories at hand, but they still have the present. The present may not always be the same as they were in their younger days, but they are still cherished.
Dementia is very scary for those suffering its effects. Having a safe, engaging, caring environment is vital to battling the daily fears that dementia brings. A person cannot be happy or content while in fear. Therefore, a sizable portion of caring for a loved one with dementia is providing that freedom from fear. Life can blossom if it is properly nurtured, even when that life is living with cognitive issues.
Search out those best suited to help you and your loved one make the most of the days ahead. Gianna Homes specializes in a person-centered approach to caregiving. Regardless, if you are looking for a residential placement or care in the home, Gianna Homes can help. Call today.