Everyday care

If you are caring for someone with dementia, it's important to help them remain as fit and healthy as possible - both physically and mentally. The better they feel, the more they can enjoy life, making life more pleasurable for both of you.

The way we dress says a lot about who we are. But as dementia progresses people increasingly need more help with dressing. As a carer, if you help the person with dementia to retain their own individual style, you can help them to preserve their identity.

For most adults, washing is a personal and private activity. When you are helping someone with dementia to wash it's important to be sensitive and tactful, and to respect their dignity.

Dementia can greatly affect a person's relationship to food and eating. It is important to do what you can to make sure that the person you are caring for enjoys their food and eats a healthy, balanced diet.