Informal care in dementia: tips for novice carers in Egmond
When your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, a lot will change in a short time. Your loved one is becoming increasingly forgetful and may show changed behaviour. Communicating with your loved one will also become increasingly difficult. As a partner or family member, you therefore take care of your loved one. But do you deal with this? To support novice carers, Sister Jansen has drawn up a few tips that can help you in your relationship with your loved one with dementia..
Conversations with your neighbor
Over time, communicating with your loved one with dementia will become more difficult. The person in need will forget your conversations more and more often. Clear communication is therefore important. With good articulation, easy to understand words and a friendly tone, can you make sure that your neighbor understands what you are saying sooner. Body language can also help convey the message. Above all, be patient and willing to repeat sentences more often.
Dealing with changed behavior
Dementia can affect the character and behavior of the person in need. Your loved one understands less and less what you are trying to say or suddenly no longer knows where he or she is. This can make you feel powerless, sadness or anger. Therefore, be aware that your loved one can suddenly express themselves aggressively. In these situations, keep calm and don't take these outbursts too personally. Try to calm your loved one with calm and simple words so that he or she understands again what is going on.
Organize joint activities
You will notice that your loved one with dementia gets less and less exercise, because he or she likes to stay indoors in a familiar environment. But movement actually stimulates the mind and slows down the development of dementia. So try to organize fun activities where the needy gets moving. Visit the beach together and take a walk. Or turn on the radio at home with songs from the past to dance to together. A healthy body contributes to a healthier mind, also for people with dementia.
Providing informal care can be very intensive. As a novice carer, also make sure that your own health is maintained. Overload often lurks when the care of the needy increases. It is therefore important to recognize symptoms of overload and to call for help in time. Sister Jansen's private home care can help you with that. We are happy to support you, for example with appropriate home care for dementia, that always meets the care needs of your loved one. In this way we ease your care tasks and your loved one receives the support he or she needs.
Are you a carer and do you notice that you need support in the care of your loved one with dementia?? Contact our organization for more information about private home care in Egmond aan Zee and ask for the possibilities.