Giving Care

We must remember that this disease affects not only the person with dementia, but everyone around that person. Caregivers, family members and friends can all be deeply upset by the progression of dementia in someone they care about.

As a caregiver you will see the disease progress and become more a part of your life. You will want answers to many questions associated with dementia. This site tries to provide those answers and offers advice for caregivers looking after someone with dementia.

Dressing and personal care

Your approach to personal care should always take full account of the feelings and dignity of the person you are helping. People with dementia cannot always tell you if they feel embarrassed. Personal care must be given to the individual; it's not just a matter of...

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Washing and Bathing

Most adults like to wash on their own when no-one is around to watch them. When looking after people with dementia, you need to remember this and only help as much as you have to. It is important to respect their need to be on their own and let them wash themselves...

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Keeping the home safe

When you are caring for people with dementia, you need to encourage them to be independent (do things for themselves) but at the same time you need to make sure that they cannot get hurt or put themselves in danger. A simple fall can result in that person no longer...

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Nutrition and Dementia

As a carer you will want to make sure that the person for whom you are caring eats a healthy, well balanced diet. Depending on the individual and the progress of the dementia, mealtimes can be pleasant, with the person thoroughly enjoying the food or they may be...

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How to communicate

It is not always easy to understand what people with dementia are saying because they may just mumble, not speak at all, or may say things that do not make any sense to you. Sometimes they might just scream or cry. Not being understood or being able to understand...

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Keeping busy

Everyone likes having something to do or to look at. Being occupied is healthy and improves the quality of life. One of the aims when caring for people with dementia is to encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves. Why planned everyday activities are...

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Everyday care

Your approach to personal care should always take full account of the feelings and dignity of the person you are helping. People with dementia cannot always tell you if they feel embarrassed. Personal care must be given to the individual: these are not just tasks that...

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Unusual Behaviour

Alzheimer's disease can cause a person to exhibit unusual and unpredictable behaviour that challenges caregivers, such as severe mood swings, verbal or physical aggression, combativeness, repetition of words, and wandering. These behavioural changes can lead to...

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Coping

Alzheimer's disease affects not only the person with dementia, but the entire family. The greatest burden is placed on the caregiver. The personal and emotional stress of caring for a person with dementia is enormous and you need to plan ways of coping with the...

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Understanding

Most older people live at home and have very few or only minor memory difficulties. Sometimes, however, forgetfulness is a serious problem. Such people have difficulty in remembering things from one moment to the next. They may not remember where they are. They might...

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