6. Giving information to respite care providers
It is helpful to give as much information as possible to those providing respite care to the person with dementia. It may help to use a tool such as Alzheimer’s Society’s This is me. This allows the person with dementia to tell staff about their needs, preferences, likes, dislikes and interests so that they receive better, more person-centred care. You can download a copy from alzheimers.org.uk/thisisme or order a copy for free by phoning 0300 303 5933.
It will be helpful to write things down for the carers, including information on:
- what the person with dementia likes and dislikes – this could range from food preferences to a favourite jumper
- details of their routine – what time they get up, what time they like to eat, any activities they enjoy doing throughout the day
- specific ways to support the person if they become upset or distressed
- any medicines they need to take
- any sensory or physical difficulties they may have
- dietary, religious and cultural needs
- any hobbies and interests the person has
- if the person is being looked after at home, details about the running of the home – for example, which key locks which door, how the washing machine works, which day the bins are collected
- important phone numbers – for example, the person’s GP
- emergency contact details – for example, the carer or another family member or friend.