How To Care for Dementia Patients

Aside from causing major stress, caregiving can be overwhelming for many reasons, and caregivers often feel unprepared for the stressful situations they are forced into on a daily basis.

Luckily, alz.org has a handy guide for new and in-experienced caregivers. The guide can be broken down into four sections:

 

1. Get moving

2. See the doctor

3. Eat well

4. Tips to cope

 

You can see some tips on coping below, but the full guide, and much more information for caregivers and patients is available at :

http://alz.org/being-a-health-caregiver.asp

 

FIVE TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE

  • Manage your level of stress.
    Consider how stress affects your body (stomach aches, high blood pressure) — and your emotions (overeating, irritability). Find ways to relax.

  • Be realistic.
    The care you give does make a difference, but many behaviors can't be controlled. Grieve the losses, focus on positive times as they arise, and enjoy good memories.

  • Give yourself credit, not guilt.
    It's normal to lose patience or feel like your care may fall short sometimes. You're doing the best you can.

  • Take a break.
    It's normal to need a break from caregiving duties. No one can do it all by themselves. Look into respite care to allow time to take care of yourself.

  • Accept changes.
    Eventually your loved one will need more intensive kinds of care. Research care options now so you are ready for the changes as they occur.

Lucas Cohen

Smartstones, Inc., State St, Santa Barbara, CA, United States