Trained Live-In Carers
Caring For A Person With Dementia At Home
Dementia is a debilitating condition so it can be hard to know what kind of help to give as the condition advances. Caring for a person with dementia at home is perfectly feasible, especially with the help of a care worker or even specialist live in carers who have the specific skills and knowledge to deal with dementia.
Home care involves commitment, patience and an understanding of the condition so you can give the support and help needed, even in the most basic day-to-day activities.
Here’s a look at 3 of the most common daily challenges you’ll have to face when caring for someone with dementia at home.
Mealtimes can be challenging for someone with dementia. Reduced motor skills and loss of co-ordination can make using cutlery difficult. Some people may have trouble chewing and swallowing and others may even refuse to eat.
Feeding problems can result in a limited calorie intake. In fact, weight loss is common in people with dementia. In severe cases, it can even lead to malnutrition.
A healthy diet is essential for physical and mental strength, so it’s essential that dementia sufferers are encouraged to eat and drink healthy:
- Know their likes, dislikes and routines
- Small, frequent snacks are better than 3 large meals a day
- Make food appealing and appetising, not bland
- Use a variety of formats such as shakes, smoothies, soups and easy to eat dishes such as scrambled eggs and pasta
- Ensure mealtimes are pleasant and relaxed
As co-ordination decreases, dressing becomes more laborious. A person with dementia should be allowed to retain as much privacy and independence as is feasibly possible.
- Let them choose what they’d like to wear
- Don’t rush them
- Be aware of seasonal temperatures and if they have trouble communicating, notice if they seem cold, hot or uncomfortable
- Help them to choose clothes that are easy to put on e.g.elasticated waists and velcro fasteners
Make sure the bathroom is equipped with safety aids such as non-slip mats and hand rails and be aware of practical challenges such as getting in and out of the bath. It’s important to maintain good personal hygiene while also respecting a person’s dignity.
- Be sensitive to incontinence issues
- Ask whether they’d prefer a shower or bath
- Make plenty of time and don’t rush
- Use their favourite and familiar toiletries
- Be organised
- Help them dry themselves properly to avoid chaffing and sores