Understanding changes and typical behaviors will help families and care teams respond in a way that enhances rather than takes away from the quality of life of the individual.
Dementia is a scary disorder for everyone involved. Below are some potential symptoms your loved one may experience, as well as ways for you to help.
Ways in which to prevent wandering include:
- Finding the cause or common denominator
- Provide reassurance and distract or guide them toward a different activity
- Adjust locks on outside doors so they are out of reach
- Include walks and regular exercise in the daily routine
If one of your loved ones is struggling with dementia, it’s important that you provide the individual with a MedicAlert bracelet. This will give them a unique ID and profile with important information for authorities in the event that the individual becomes lost.
Ways in which to help with restless:
- Provide a distraction with music
- Start an interesting activity
- Allow the person to pace
- Be certain that the path is free of obstacles
- Be nearby and available during those times.
Ways in which to help with suspicion:
- Calmly provide reassurance
- Don’t take accusations personally
- Provide comfort in a non-argumentative way
Ways in which to help with emotional outbursts:
- Remain calm and provide reassurance as well as a distraction if possible
- Look for the possible cause and provide a space for them to cool down
- Try to avoid asking too many questions at once
Anticipate dementia triggers to the best of your ability in order to avoid situations in which the person may become uncomfortable, over stimulated, or confused. If your or others’ safety is being threatened, leave the immediate area.
If you are a family member or caregiver for someone with dementia, be certain to seek assistance for yourself if you are experiencing frustration or depression. Caring for yourself will allow you to provide the best possible care to others.
With an early diagnosis, individuals with dementia could greatly increase their quality of life. Many Canadians affected by dementia tend to wait too long to seek a professional opinion, but doing so at the earliest warning signs will help the doctor prescribe the right treatments.
If you have any concerns or would like some help living more comfortably at home or booking an in home visit, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-866-982-2737 and speak with some about setting up an at home care assessment today.