Tips for Caregivers of People Living With Dementia

February 3, 2024

Traditionally, caregiving, especially for individuals with dementia, hasn’t been highlighted as a sought-after career path, lacking visibility in mainstream career discussions. Yet, many embrace this role driven by deep affection and reverence for their loved ones. This commitment, however, comes with its unique set of challenges, notably the physical and emotional strain it places on the caregiver, often referred to as the “invisible second patient.” Recognizing the significance of self-care for caregivers is crucial, as is understanding effective strategies for managing the complexities of dementia care, both for the well-being of the caregiver and the recipient of care. This insight underscores the need for greater support and resources for those in caregiving roles, highlighting their indispensable contribution to the lives of those they care for.

  1. Refrain from correcting the person when they’re telling a story incorrectly or repeatedly asking the same questions.
  2. Re-assure the person with dementia that he or she is safe.
  3. Talk about things from their past that have meaning to them.
  4. Look at old photos together.
  5. Music is a great way to calm someone living with dementia. Use music that is known to them.
  6. Use a fixed routine. Eat, shower and sleep, etc. at specific times.
  7. Aromatherapy works wonders. Lavender can help calm them and also help with sleep, lowering frustration levels, etc.
  8. Hugs can help calm down those living with dementia and make them feel safe.
  9. Be aware of medication interaction or urinary tract infections, which can lead to symptoms getting worse.
  10. Get their attention before talking to them.
  11. Keep sentences short and clear so that they are easier to understand.
  12. Break down activities/tasks in shorter and simpler steps. Preferably one-step instructions.
  13. What works one day may not work the next day. Try different methods for tasks.
  14. When they become anxious, draw attention to something else, such as a conversation about another topic.
  15. Keep a sense of humor.
  16. Apply self-care to prevent carer fatigue & burnout.
  17. Try to understand the cause of challenging behavior such as frustration, aggression, anxiety, etc.
  18. Get involved in decisions as far as possible.

Alice Care offers a digital platform designed to support caregivers of individuals with dementia by providing essential tools and resources aimed at easing the caregiving journey. Through innovative solutions, Alice Care can help in managing daily care tasks, monitoring health conditions, and facilitating communication between caregivers, healthcare professionals, and family members. This approach not only aims to reduce the stress associated with caregiving but also enhances the quality of life for both caregivers and those receiving care, by promoting understanding, efficiency, and emotional support in the caregiving process.