Coworkers can be a great support for an employee with dementia. They can provide an understanding ear, offer encouragement and assist with work tasks.
As an employer, you may want to recommend that an employee with dementia inform coworkers about her diagnosis. If she feels uncomfortable about approaching coworkers, you can offer support.
Recognise that informed coworkers can:
- Help create a support system
- Be aware of her challenges
- Avoid confrontations stemming from misunderstanding
- Assist with work tasks
Workers with dementia may be stigmatized as inferior or inadequate and disrespected by coworkers or customers. Such a work environment discourages workers with dementia from seeking medical and workplace support.
As an employer, it’s important to address the stigma attached to dementia. Educate employees and encourage conversation about dementia in the workplace.