Dementia Caregivers

Being a dementia caregiver is a rewarding role, if you are well prepared for all the different aspects of the position. Caregivers can be thrown into the role due to the condition of a loved one or it can be your field of employment. In any case, it is essential that you assist your patient, utilize all of your available resources, stay up to date on trainings and most importantly take care of yourself. You can not be a benefit to anybody else if you don’t take care of yourself.

What is Dementia?

Dementia is the loss of mental functions; in some cases permanently. It is a condition that is more common with elderly patients and can include:

  • Loss of reasoning
  • Concentration and thinking loss
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings that affect personality and behavior

Dementia caregivers normally take care of Alzheimer’s patients or people with a type of progressive brain disorders.

A dementia caregiver is required to perform many tasks with responsibilities that include providing help with daily activities, personal care, bathing, cleaning, errands and appointments. The list can be extensive depending on the severity of the patient’s illness.

It is important for the dementia caregiver to keep their patient entertained as this decreases the chance for them to become agitated or harder to deal with. You can keep them busy with activities that they used to enjoy doing or help them learn new skills that increase the chance of building neural connections and sometimes increase the chance of them recovering.

When taking on the role of a dementia caregiver, please insure that you also take care of yourself. Utilize caregiver health tips to de-stress such as medication to keep you sane. Learn effective communication skills, talk to other dementia caregivers, continue training, and keep an open mind. All of these are effective methods to be the best dementia caregiver you can be.

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