One to One Support is Key
There are many benefits of having a one to one dementia carer living at home. Firstly, it helps people stay amongst their familiar surroundings. This is particularly important as familiarity at home is more comforting to someone living with dementia. An understanding of dementia is imperative when caring for someone at home. Dementia can affect a person’s ability to live alone as it can affect their ability to think things through and plan ahead. People living with Dementia often become confused or forgetful. Familiar tasks such as cooking or dressing become more difficult. Dementia can cause someone to behave uncharacteristically or in some cases put themselves at risk. A trained care assistant can provide care at all times and be there to ensure someone is properly cared for. With the support of a dementia carer these situations can be managed, better understood and resolved by a trained carer who is not a close friend or relative.
Person-Centered Dementia Carer
Together with family members, a dementia carer gets to know what may cheer or calm the person in their care. There might be a particular routine they like to maintain which, if not followed, leaves someone feeling upset or confused. A dementia carer develops a relationship with the client so they manage the symptoms of dementia and get to know how to resolve a tense, or confused moment. This includes talking to them about memories, looking through photographs or putting on familiar music. A person with dementia also needs to be paid attention to and cared for continuously. This is to ensure that basic needs such as eating and drinking enough fluids throughout the day are met.
Things You Should Know About Dementia
- Dementia is caused by diseases to the Brain. Other types of dementia include: Vascular Dementia, Mixed Dementia, Lewy Bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia.
- Dementia affects more than just memory. Becoming more forgetful is a natural part of ageing but Dementia is different. It affects a person’s ability to plan, engage in conversation and their mood or behaviour.
- People can live well with Dementia. With a strong network of close friends, relatives and a full-time carer can enable someone living with Dementia lead an active and purposeful life.
There are great charities that are increasing the public’s knowledge about Dementia and how we can support those living with a form of Dementia. You can find more information from the Alzheimer’s Society.