Dealing with dementia in a loved one can be a challenging and emotionally taxing experience. At Riverside Manor, we understand the difficulties families face when caring for someone with dementia. Our goal is to provide not only top-notch care for our residents but also support and resources for their families. In this blog post, we will share some valuable tips and insights on how to help families cope with a loved one who has dementia.
Understanding dementia is the first step in providing the best possible care and support. It's important to educate yourself about the condition, its stages, and its effects.
As dementia progresses, communication can become increasingly challenging. Encourage open and patient communication with your loved one. Use simple and clear language, maintain eye contact, and be a good listener. Nonverbal communication, such as smiles, hugs, and touch, can also convey love and support.
Dealing with the behavioural changes associated with dementia can be trying, but it's essential to remain patient and understanding. Remember that these changes are a result of the disease, not a reflection of the person's character.
Take Care of Yourself
Caring for a loved one with dementia can be physically and emotionally demanding. It's vital for family members to prioritise their own well-being. Don't hesitate to seek respite care or assistance from other family members and friends.
Encourage Social Engagement
Social isolation can worsen the symptoms of dementia. Encourage your loved one to stay connected with friends and family. Riverside Manor organizes various social activities for our residents, helping them maintain a sense of community and connection.
Plan for the Future
It's never too early to start planning for the future, especially when it comes to dementia care. Advance directives, power of attorney, and long-term care plans are essential documents that can ease the transition to a higher level of care when the time comes.
Dealing with dementia in a loved one is undoubtedly a challenging journey, but with the right support and resources, it can be made more manageable. Riverside Manor is committed to providing comprehensive care and assistance for families facing these difficulties. Remember, you are not alone on this journey, and we are here to help every step of the way.
If you would like to join our support group, please feel free to contact:
Carol Dickenson at 082 497 0149
Sr Cathy Snyman at 082 773 9453
Your well-being and that of your loved one are important to us, and we look forward to supporting you through this challenging time.