Watching a loved one struggle with dementia is heartbreaking, especially for family members. Preserving their dignity might become one of the family’s priorities, along with providing the necessary Personal Care services to help them live normal lives.
Here are some ways you can help your loved ones maintain dignity and independence.
- Share their story.
Most families hire Companion Care in Delaware for loved ones diagnosed with dementia. Take a few minutes to tell caregivers, physicians, and other members of your loved one’s care team about your loved one. Share stories of their past — what they did for a living or what their hobbies and interests were — to help care providers give better care and compassion.
- Be mindful of your tone when speaking.
Seniors with dementia lose most verbal skills as their condition progresses. Practice patience when interacting with your loved ones, but also be mindful not to sound patronizing. Additionally, be careful with the language you use. Use easy-to-understand words when talking to your loved one.
- Encourage independence as much as possible.
Research says the more you do for a patient with dementia, the more you take away from them. Help them preserve skills and body functions by encouraging their independence.