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Dealing with the care of a family member suffering from dementia? How to make easier your important contribution.
The care of a patient with Alzheimer’s dementia may be more difficult. The researcher Dr Pia Kontos, the University of Toronto and the Toronto Rehab, share tips based on research.
It is possible to communicate even if the relative can not speak
Often we assume that when people do not speak can not express what they want. However, people with dementia continue to express dissatisfaction with grimaces, worry or to remove the food. At the same time, people with Alzheimer’s disease are assured when eating or when engaged in activities they love, such as painting or a cup of tea.
Knowledge of education, profession or hobby is important
Information about the patient’s life can provide auxiliary information on the tastes of the food and his favourite hobbies.
The recall of things that love can help to find activities to thank today.
Family members are important components of the care team
If your relative is an institution share your knowledge with people who are treating him. Your knowledge about what the patient loves or dislikes, educational background and her favourite hobby are important information for the staff to individualise care.
Sometimes, to save time we do the activities of our relatives. The still underestimate the time it takes someone to get dressed or washed and hurry to complete specific activities. However, the slowdown and the extension of extra minutes will help both sides to stay loose.
Make time for yourself
Taking care of a relative is an important task and can easily absorb all your time and limit your personal activities.
However, every caregiver should find at least a few hours a week for himself.
This could mean going out with friends, participate in social activities or go for a walk. If you know a carer would be a good move to offer help occasionally. It will be appreciated very likely.