If you are the main person supporting someone with dementia, our new guide is for you. Read how it can support you when facing new challenges.
Caring for a person with dementia can be a rewarding experience. But we also know that it can be very challenging at times. As dementia progresses, the person may show changes that you haven’t experienced before, or weren’t expecting.
This can be daunting, but our new free guide is here to help. Caring for a person with dementia: A practical guide contains information and advice on all aspects of supporting someone with dementia. This includes some common challenges, a few of which we've highlighted below.
Five caring challenges our guide can help you with
1. When the person doesn’t accept their diagnosis
It can be very difficult both for you and a person with dementia if they have received a diagnosis but don’t acknowledge it. They might put memory problems or other changes to their behaviour down to them getting older, or simply change the subject if you try to mention their condition. The guide includes information on denial and lack of insight with advice on how to manage this difficult situation.
2. You need a break from caring
Everyone who cares for someone with dementia will need to take breaks for their own health and wellbeing, and to help them to carry on caring. Making time for yourself and looking into replacement care will enable you to do this, and you’ll find information and advice on this and other ways to look after yourself.
3. The person’s behaviour changes
One of the most difficult aspects of dementia is often when people start to behave in ways that others find hard to understand. This can be very challenging both for the person with the condition and for you as someone caring for them. Tips in the guide include advice on managing any changes in behaviour as well as specific tips on responding to someone who behaves aggressively or regularly leaves home to walk about.
4. The person’s personal care needs change
As dementia progresses, a person will often need more support with personal care. One of the most challenging aspects of this can be if someone develops continence issues. You’ll find practical advice on daily personal care as well as tips for reducing and managing any continence issues.
5. Deciding where the person will live
When a person is in the later stages of dementia there can be some very difficult decisions to make, such as whether they should move into a care home or another supported living arrangement. The guide includes information on different housing options and advice on coping with these changes.
Throughout the guide you’ll also find a wealth of information on many other issues you may face when caring for a person with dementia along with details on where to go for further advice or support.
More than 140 carers contributed to this guide, as well as health and social care professionals and other experts with specialist knowledge and experience.
For the support you need as a carer, turn to this guide.