Heart-wrenching to say the least, the cognitive decline of dementia will have a resounding impact on your entire family system. When providing care for a loved one with this debilitating disease, consider the following:
While there will be both good and bad days, dementia is a progressive illness that will slowly take the person you love away from you. Rather than see the negative, embrace the positive moments and exuberant opportunities that you still have with your special someone. Above all else, be respectful, and never use words or behaviour that demean or mock symptoms.
Engage in Interactive Activities
Dementia is a progressive disease, but research suggests that regular cognitive exercises will strengthen, and possibly even prolong, mental health. From puzzles and walks around the block to cooking and reading and playing with the grandkids, make interactive efforts to rebuild the connections that your loved one may have lost. Of course, do not force activities if he/she seems uninterested, or uncomfortable.
Learn To Care For Two
Make your best effort to attend to your loved one’s needs, but recognise the difference in actual necessity and repetitive motions/requests. Practice patience, and remove yourself from any situation that is causing either you or your loved one undue stress. Seek guidance from friends and family or hire professional support when you need a break.
At Sunshine Adult Day Health Care Center, we are committed to the longevity of relationships between our members and their families. We provide an extensive range of services, each uniquely tailored to the specific needs of your loved one’s disease. Proud to be a premier provider of dementia treatment in Bergenfield, New Jersey, learn more or schedule your *FREE* tour today. We look forward to welcoming your family to ours.