Dementia Care

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Caring For Someone With Dementia

Dementia can cause a persons mental abilities to decline, causing them them to feel vulnerable and in need of help, support and guidance.
It is important for the carer to help the person retain their sense of identity and make them feel secure.
For a family member, caring for someone with dementia can be confusing and stressful as the sufferers behaviour can begin to change without prior notice.

If you are unsure on how to take care of someone with dementia follow our simple guide:

Respect

As memory begins to fade and behaviours change it is important to treat the person with as much respect as you would have previous to the illness. Treating the person more as a "patient" will make them feel vulnerable and confused.
It is important offer constant reassurance and support, engage in conversation often and be there to make the person feel valued and good about themselves.

Helping the person feel valued

When suffering dementia the person needs to feel valued for who they are now as well as who they were in the past.

There are many things everyone around can do to help, such as:
- Take the time to listen and engage in conversation.
- Show affection as you would have previously.
- Spend time to do activities relating to memories, such as building a memory book.
- Be flexible and don't retaliate to abnormal behaviour.

When leaving your loved one in the hands of a carer ensure the carer is aware of their daily routine and preferences. This includes the way they wear their hair, what food they like to eat and also how they like to dress.

If you make a change to their usual routine the dementia sufferer can become confused which will cause the person to feel uneasy or scared.

Think from their point of view

When caring for a dementia sufferer it is a good help to think from the point of view of the sufferer. Take things slow and easy and take time to understand their wants and needs.
Be chatty - it is easy to constantly make the person feel valued by engaging in regular chat.

Be prepared

When a person is diagnosed with dementia simple tasks such as finding the bathroom can become difficult. That's why we have put together our very own section of Dementia aids to help both the carer and the user.
For example by changing regular toilet items such as the seat or a grabrail to a bright colour, the user starts to associate the toilet with that colour making it easier to remember.

To view our full range of Dementia Aids click here.

The Benefits Of Dementia Aids

As you may know, when a person is diagnosed with dementia old memories can be lost and simple things can be forgotten.
As a carer It is important to prepare for this by adapting the surroundings to help aid the sufferer.
By changing a few things around your care home or the patients home, you can make life much more simple.

Colour association

One of the simplest things to remember is a colour. By assigning a certain colour to a certain room it can reassure the dementia suffer that they are in the right room.
For example by changing items in the bathroom to a bright red colour and removing that colour from other rooms it lets the patient know that when they see that red they are in the bathroom.
This is a simple solution that can offer the patient greater independence.

Reminiscence

Included in our range of dementia products is the reminiscence products, these can create comfort for the user by bringing back to life old memories.
Items such as the Treasured Memories game offer a enjoyable way to bring back old happy memories. When suffering from memory loss it can be comforting to re-live old memories.
Aids for dementia care in the bathroom

For people suffering with dementia, tasks that may have once been easy can become confusing and difficult. Simple tasks such as identifying the bathroom independently may become too much.

That's why here at Ability Superstore we have put together a full section of dementia aids for the bathroom.

By changing just a few items in the bathroom you could make it easily recognisable.
A simple way to aid memory loss is to make things easier to remember. For example, by changing all the bathroom aids such as toilet seat, grab rail, door and shower curtain to a bright red colour, the colour red becomes easily associated with the bathroom.
So when the colour red is seen it tells the brain that you are in the bathroom.

Simple things like colour matching can make a huge difference to the life of a dementia sufferer. This can work especially well in a care home where it can be useful for many people.
By changing the colour of certain items in the home you are creating independence.
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