Even though most dementia develops from irreversible causes, there is still much that families can do to help their loved ones continue to function as well as possible for as long as possible. Creating a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for someone with dementia can be achieved through the below standard practices.
Researchers, doctors and eldercare professionals are still discovering and refining what works and what doesn’t when it comes to dementia care, but the following tactics have proven effective over time:
Here are some more tips from the National Insitute on Aging (NIA):
Dementia can make bathing a frightening, confusing experience. Advance planning can help make bath time better for both of you.
For those with dementia, getting dressed presents a series of challenges, from choosing what to wear, to figuring out how to properly take things off and put other things on, to manipulating buttons and zippers. Here are some things you can do to simplify the process:
Incorporating physical and mental stimulation into daily routines is important for both caregivers and their charges. Here are some tips for making regular exercise and other activities a part of daily life:
As the disease progresses, many people with dementia begin to experience incontinence. Sometimes incontinence is due to physical illness, so be sure to discuss it with the person’s doctor. Beyond that, here are some tips for managing bathroom care:
Getting enough rest can help ensure optimal mental functioning for those with dementia. Try the following techniques to increase the likihood of everyone getting a good night’s sleep:
As the disease progresses, a person with dementia may experience hallucinations and/or delusions. The following techniques can be used to help manage episodes:
Creating a safe environment is one of the most important aspects of caregiving and can prevent many stressful and dangerous situations. Caregivers of people with dementia often have to look at their homes through new eyes to identify and correct senior home safety risks.
Driving generally isn’t safe for those in all but the earliest stages of dementia. Here’s how you can handle the transition:
Here are some tips for handling medical appointments:
Update: January 2018