There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with Dementia and it is predicted that this number will rise to over 1 million within the next 5 years.
If you have experience of dealing with Dementia, you will know that the syndrome throws up many complex challenges. The more we understand the challenges faced, the more we can do to help anyone dealing with Dementia to overcome them and to lead a happy and fulfilling life.Communication
Over time Dementia will affect the ability to communicate so it is important to encourage communication. Simple ways to help include rephrasing questions if they are struggling to understand, speaking slowly and clearly and giving them time to respond as it will take longer to process what you have said.
Emotional and Behavioural Challenges
Memory Loss, Confusion, Difficulties with Social Interaction and Loss of Independence are some of the behaviour challenges and can be just as frustrating for loved ones. These can also lead to anxiety and other emotional issues including aggressive behaviour. But there are ways to help including a number of apps that can be used to help those with Dementia and give their families peace of mind. From GPS Tracking to list apps like Itsdone, which will also promote independence and stimulate cognitive function.Physical Challenges
The physical challenges such as dealing with incontinence, washing and bathing, eating well and getting out and about need careful consideration. Understanding how to help without removing independence entirely and whilst still managing dignity can be a minefield. Get advice and do your research to make sure you are doing the best you can for your loved one.
You may be entitled to benefits but where do you start? Have you thought about the legal stuff (wills etc)? At some stage you may need to consider a care home. There are a number of places that you can get advice on what needs to be done and how to get the help you need on legal and financial matters.
Safety and security – is your home Dementia proof? How do you make it dementia proof without completely restricting independence? It’s also important to keep hobbies and interests going so as not to get bored and lonely.
There is a lot to think about, but if you have a relative who has just been diagnosed and you don’t know what to do next, why not get in touch to see if we can help.