Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be a challenging and emotionally demanding journey. Our guides below are designed to provide you with valuable insights, practical advice, and essential resources to help you navigate the complexities of dementia care.

Whether you're just beginning this journey or have been a carer for some time, our guides aim to empower you with knowledge, compassion, and support. By understanding the unique needs of people with dementia and learning effective caregiving strategies, you can enhance the quality of life for both your loved one and yourself.

Dementia Activities

Find out what strategies you can use to keep your loved one occupied and engaged
in activities whilst at home. This article looks at everyday activities that you can adapt to support a person with dementia. The article also contains links to online resources and games that can help to prevent boredom and stimulate cognitive functioning.  

 

Understanding Behaviour in a Person with Dementia 

Find out why people with dementia or Alzheimer's display certain types of behaviour. Understanding the reasons for certain behaviours can help you find the best way to communicate. This guide explores the various types of behaviours you may come across such as clinging to you, nighttime disturbances or repetitive behaviour.

Dementia Care and Aggressive/Challenging Behaviour

What causes a person with dementia to become aggressive? Aggression can be a symptom of dementia and it can be caused by a variety of factors. It's important to know how to diffuse a situation when this occurs.
This article provides information about the common causes of aggression and techniques that will help you manage the situation plus advice from our Care Begins at Home experts. 

 

Incontinence and Toileting

This article explains how to overcome toileting difficulties. Find out how to design a dementia-friendly bathroom, how to establish a good toileting routine, manage and reduce any accidents and what to do when you're not at home. Find out why accidents happen and how to manage frequent night-time trips to the toilet. 

 

Why can't Dad remember how to make a cup of tea?

Does finding a tea bag in the kettle sound familiar?
People with dementia can have difficulty remembering a series of previously learnt steps such as getting dressed, tying laces or using cutlery. They can usually understand what they want to do but can’t remember each step. Find out ways to help them remember the different stages. 

 

 

The Herbert Protocol 

People with dementia or Alzheimer’s can sometimes wander out of their homes if they become confused or disoriented.The Herbert Protocol has been developed to support vulnerable people and their families when a person with dementia, cognitive difficulties, or other types of memory loss goes missing or is prone to wandering.

Find out how to sign up for the scheme and help protect a loved one who is prone to wandering. 

 

Top Tips to Help You Communicate

While a person with later-stage Alzheimer’s may not always respond, they still require and benefit from continued communication. Ongoing communication is important, no matter how difficult it may become or how confused the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia may appear. Read our top tips to help you communicate more effectively. 

 

 

Care Begins at Home Group

Being a family carer for a person with dementia can be extremely challenging and at times upsetting. If you need support from others or advice and information about help availble to people with dementia and their families then come and join us in our freindly and helpful care group.