Caring for someone with Dementia

What is Dementia

Dementia is a mental illness with many symptoms, including sudden thinking, remembering, reasoning, and behavior. Technically, people with Dementia have extreme memory loss and erratic behavior, with no consolidated line of thoughts.

There are multiple ways of handling people with dementia. The first and paramount step is by understanding their condition. Caregivers in many homes tend to think otherwise when researching Dementia. It is imperative to understand what you are dealing with. A person with Dementia presents many unique challenges. Helping such a person requires understanding them with their flaws personally.

Dementia worsens over time.

Technically, that means people who have Dementia have all the reasons to completely ignore the relevance or essence of life at some point in time. Technically, simple repetitive tasks become difficult to complete. It is important to develop a To-Do list for people with Dementia. Write down events and tasks on calendars and notebooks. Any strategies that make going about daily tasks easier are very important. Understanding the medication requirements and using automated reminders is crucial for the patients. A weekly pillbox is essential in managing medications. In advanced cases, the medication dispensers are useful.

Caregivers roles

Caregivers should also consult with doctors to provide care plans and help in writing down care provisions. One important provision for care is enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is key to feeling better. It is important to ensure that the patient is well hydrated and gets enough sleep all the time. Enough sleep importantly helps individuals maintain their memory and control their behaviors effectively. It is imperative to allow for active participation in physical activities extensively. A daily 20 to 30 minutes of participation in active physical exercise boosts memory and emotionally instigated behavior. Lastly, do not discriminate or segregate people with Dementia. Keep them close and always refer to them as a family to build their confidence in safety and self-actualization of belonging to a family setup.