The challenges that come with a caregiver journey are many. There are several rewards to being a dementia caregiver in particular, but the fact is: there’s no school lesson on how to cope with this disease. Since there is no formal education on the subject, it is challenging to predict what will come your way. But, same as with any other state, it is essential to know how to react in a particular situation, and how to provide the best care possible.
One thing is certain: being a dementia caregiver brings a lot of mixed emotions. The important thing is to remain calm and do your best to understand just what your loved one is going through. Here are five things that every dementia caregiver should never forget while helping their senior.
- Communication. The majority of changes the dementia patient is going though are personal, and there are many stages of this process. It is important to connect with your loved one through all of these steps. The best method is talking to them and listening. Sometimes they will have no understanding of what is happening to them, so it is essential to remain calm.
- Understanding the disease. Dementia is affecting your loved one, and it is changing them. Sometimes, they will not act like their old selves. It is important not to let the disease get the better of you.
- Also, you shouldn’t underestimate your senior. While dementia will render them unable to perform some of the tasks they were capable of before, it won’t happen at once. Allow them to remain independent and in charge of their lives as long as they can.
- No one is perfect. There is no such thing as ideal dementia caregiver. The job will make you feel angry, sad, frustrated, and tired. All of this comes with the situation. But leave space for yourself and get rest.
- Finally, don’t be afraid to ask for help. You will need support, and you will find it because you are not alone in this. There are groups that specialize in helping dementia caregivers. Seek them out, and you shall find all the help you need.
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