Supporting a loved one with dementia

If your loved one has recently received a diagnosis of dementia, it can present a whole range of feelings for both them and you. It is completely ok and natural to feel an array of emotions – from anger, tearfulness, frustration, sadness, guilt, loss and fear.  These are common reactions and it would be good to try and ensure you give yourself time to manage these feelings.

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Do you know you’re a carer?

Wow I’m a carer?! My immediate thought is that I’m going to use it as my new strapline. Actually on second thoughts I think I’ll go for carer/ superhero – I mean who doesn’t want to be a superhero after all 🙂

What is a carer?

I had personally never ever considered this title. My perception of a carer was for those people who supported the physical needs of others.

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Caring for a loved one with dementia

Supporting loved ones with dementia is something very close to my heart so I’ve written about some areas that may help 🙂

A few areas to consider:

Maintain your well-being

When caring for a loved one with dementia, it can be easy to put the other person’s needs first and ignore your own, but looking after yourself is vital for your own health and well-being 🙂 Taking care of yourself is an absolute must!

You could try writing lists as they can be useful to break down the steps needed for each decision or task that needs to be made. This might also help to reduce stress in decision-making.

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