Providing day-to-day care


You want to make every day the best day possible. Caring for someone with dementia can be a great reward but it can be challenging at times. Prepare yourself with these tips.

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There is no doubt that caring for a person living with dementia can be frustrating and difficult. But it can also be rewarding. Solving problems and becoming confident in knowing how to give care can provide you with a great sense of satisfaction.

We are learning more and more about how to provide good care for the person with Alzheimer's disease day to day – and still take care of yourself.

Much of what we know comes from the experience of family and professional caregivers. Together, we are all learning how to deal with the challenges of this disease.

Decision-making and respecting independence

Making decisions about our own lives is important for all of us. People living with dementia also want control of their lives. But the ability to make simple or complex decisions for someone living with dementia varies greatly, and will depend on their personality and the extent of disease progression.

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Finding suitable activities

If you want to help someone with dementia take part in activities, talk to them about which ones they might enjoy. Try to find imaginative ways to adapt the activities to their changing capabilities and moods.

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Meal time

Healthy eating is important for all of us. Sharing meal times with family and friends can provide structure to the day and increase the enjoyment of food.

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Personal care

We all want to look good and feel good. People living with dementia gradually need more and more help to look after their own personal care.

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Sleep disturbances are common with Alzheimer’s disease and they impact both the person with the disease and the caregiver.

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I'm caring for a person living with dementia

Understanding dementia and its progression is vital to ensure that both you and the person with dementia can live as well as possible. We have the resources to support you and your care of the person living with dementia.

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