Specific challenges for family members who have a loved one with dementia

Specific challenges for family members who have a loved one with dementia

At Better Healthcare we’ve seen how dementia can affect families in different ways and have always offered support to help with the challenges it can present. Whether it’s a change in personality, problems with memory loss or mood swings, there will be several behaviours that seem frustrating or unusual. It’s important to remember that regardless of how they act, they are still the same person they have always been, even as the illness progresses. If your loved one is living with dementia, here are some challenges you might come across.

1.Personality changes

A person’s behaviour, personality and mood often change over time with dementia. They could become easily angered, depressed, say impolite things or simply become withdrawn, leading to social isolation as they struggle with communication or expressing themselves. Isolation and loneliness are only likely to worsen the symptoms of dementia and can make it more difficult to spot other problems, such as reduced mobility or illness. For people with dementia who live alone, frequent contact with family, friends and carers will be essential to maintain communication.

2. Bathing and dressing

It’s not unusual for some seniors to struggle with bathing and dressing due to limited mobility, but for those with dementia, there can be additional struggles. Some may not always be clear on what the weather or season is and dress inappropriately; others might neglect to wash themselves altogether, forgetting when they last had a bath or brushed their teeth. At this point it might seem like a residential care facility might be necessary, but consider that it’s also possible to arrange home care. Something as simple as a Better Healthcare care worker visiting a few times a day can be a great help to your loved.

3. Eating a regular and balanced diet

Memory problems will affect every aspect of life for someone who has dementia, including their diet. They might select strange foods in the supermarket, struggle following simple recipes, or outright forget to eat. Visits from a carer throughout the day can ensure your loved one remains fed and hydrated.

4. Boredom

People living with dementia still want to enjoy life. Sometimes family members can get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and forget the value of entertainment for their loved one. Talking, sharing jokes and merely having fun may not sound vital for alleviating dementia symptoms, but boredom can be a massive issue for people living with dementia and serve to worsen other symptoms such as wandering and restlessness. It can be especially frustrating if they rarely leave the house. Going for walks, visiting museums or finding dementia-friendly screenings can all be ways of getting out and spending time together.

Getting help from a Better Healthcare care worker

Living with dementia can feel isolating and frustrating. For family members of those affected, it can cause a range of unexpected problems, with many thinking a care home is the best solution. Still, for many people with dementia, remaining in their own home and keeping their familiar routine is best. Support your loved one by hiring a Better Healthcare care worker so that they can stay in a familiar environment where they feel comfortable, which can in some cases help control their dementia symptoms.

We are dedicated to providing quality healthcare at home for people living with dementia. We can work with you to create a care plan tailored to your needs, whether that means your loved one receives permanent live-in care or daily home care visits from a trained specialist care worker.

As part of our service we can assist with:

  • Washing and dressing
  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Food preparation and cooking
  • Light housework
  • Shopping
  • Supervising medication and collecting prescriptions
  • Visiting the doctor and attending hospital appointments
  • Outings, companionship and social care

For more information on how Better Healthcare Services can benefit your loved one, call us today on 0800 668 1234. We are always ready to give people with dementia the support they need.

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