I originally trained in mental health nursing in the 80’s, and then went on to work in several care homes looking after the elderly. Therefore, I gained a lot of experience in dealing with people who suffer with dementia.
People living in the community with dementia/Alzheimer’s disease sometimes need a different type of support and understanding to cope with their condition. Having worked in recent years with dementia sufferers in their own home, I have seen the different ways it can affect an individual.
Relatives or carers may also need support in looking after someone, often being restricted to when they can leave the house and the person they are caring for. Therefore, having someone they can trust to be with their loved one can mean a great deal and give people some time for themselves.
Initially we would sit down and discuss together any existing worries or problems being faced and then agree on the best way in which I can help.
Problems faced by dementia sufferers:
- Isolation – Due to problems communicating with others. Finding words and sentences can be hard as dementia sufferers know what they want to say but cannot recall the right way to express themselves. When people spend time with someone who does not have dementia, it enables that person to have a better conversation and help aid recall of events in their life removing frustration that can build when not able to do this.
- Decision making – People can struggle with making decisions, and sometimes need guidance or confirmation about what they need to do next. I can work with someone or a family member to find out what kind of things they may need help with.
- Food Safety – Memory issues can cause problems with managing food items correctly and remembering to store them safely. I can assist by checking fridge and freezer items to ensure they are in the correct place and binning any items that are out of date.
- Sequencing – As the dementia progresses, individuals can forget the sequence of completing an everyday task. I can reinforce how to do a task either by assisting the person with a task, or writing out instructions to follow.
- Memory aids – Simple signage around the home can help individuals move round the home safely and locate where things are and where to find things.
Treasured Time can make a difference to someone dealing with dementia by supporting them in their own home.
Call Debbie on 07890 134 656 to discuss further