There are many different dementia’s the most common being Alzheimer’s dementia
A person with Alzheimer’s dementia will start to have memory changes. This can be a slow progression and when the person is diagnosed with dementia you may reflect and realise that the changes have already been occurring for a couple of years. It is important to realise you are not alone, and there are services available to support and help you both in the home and if necessary, finding suitable accommodation when home is no longer an option.
Unfortunately, dementia is a progressive illness and the person with the disease will continue to experience changes to memory, not recognise familiar surroundings and possibly lose the ability to walk, talk and swallow.
It is important in the early stages of the disease process that you continue to live your life enjoying activities as you always have.
People living with dementia respond well to familiarity and routine
Part of the disease is that the person with dementia can become fatigued and will require quiet times and rest during their day. This is because they need to use a lot of energy just making sense of their day.
Dementia Support Australia is a free national service that is available 24/7. Counsellors are on the end of the telephone to offer advice and where to access extra assistance if required. If you find yourself becoming tired and coping with daily activities more difficult then you may wish to access respite care. To do this you will need an Aged Care Assessment.
Your doctor can help you organise this. It is important to do this sooner rather than later. Once they have the assessment you will be able to access respite for the person you are caring for which will provide you with some time to have a rest, catch up on things you need to do or have a holiday.
Many aged care homes also offer day programs. This allows you to have a day or a couple of days a week respite, while they person you are caring for can have a few hours of activity whilst socialising with others. This will provide time for you to do the shopping, meet up with friends for lunch or do the jobs that you need to do.
Home Care Packages
We also offer home care packages for memory support
This allows you, depending on your package, to have a carer come to your home to assist with showering or provide care while you attend appointments or go shopping.
It is very important when caring for a person with dementia to look after yourself, ask for help and make use of the services available. Don’t try and do everything on your own.
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