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How to Care for a Family Member with Dementia

There are few medical conditions that present such an added responsibility on families than Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Family caregivers often find themselves looking after their relatives which may take time away from their own day-to-day responsibilities. Fortunately, help is widely available in the form of in-home dementia care. While you are deciding on dementia homecare options in East Haven, CT, understanding how to care for your loved one properly will be key. Proper care and communication will be vitally important while you are in this transitional time. Below are some helpful suggestions that may help guide you while caring for your loved one.

Learning to Communicate

It can be difficult to learn how to communicate with relatives living with dementia. The typical behaviors are often alarming to those with less experience. Such symptoms as forgetfulness and sudden changes in moods are just a few examples of the behaviors you may observe. The best dementia care options are largely reliant on knowing how to communicate with your loved one.

First and foremost, it is important to set a positive mood and remain respectful and calm at all times. Given the unpredictable nature of those living with dementia, one requires a great deal of patience and compassion. To get your loved ones attention, you'll also need to minimize distractions and maintain quiet surroundings. Maintain eye-contact as much as possible and make use of non-verbal cues to help maintain meaningful conversation.

Those living with dementia may feel confused, anxious and flustered for no apparent reason; they may sometimes get upset or angry. It is important to understand that this is not their intention. Oftentimes, it is best to redirect the conversation - you should never attempt to argue. Try to empathize with what the individual is going through, which will help you remain patient and kind.

Those living with dementia most often deal with short-term memory loss. While they might not remember things that happened that day, they might remember something that happened years ago. When having a conversation, focus on topics of the distant past rather than relying on short-term memory. At the same time, it is important to maintain a sense of humor, though never at the expense of your loved one.

As dementia progresses, troubling behavior can become more prevalent and the responsibility on family caregivers can quickly become overwhelming. At SYNERGY HomeCare, our team of experienced and compassionate caregivers are here to help and create a fully customized care plan to meet the specific needs of you and your family.

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