Several tips on how to behave as caregivers of loved ones with dementia will help ease your loved ones’ anxiety and help you have satisfying relationships, even as your roles change with respect to each other. The goal is to allow them to keep their dignity and autonomy as much as possible while providing them with the help they need. Following certain tips that often work with any form of dementia will help you reach this goal.
For many caregiving tasks, using the following approach will help your loved ones better understand what is going on and reduce anxiety, especially in middle to late stages of dementia.
While touch can be reassuring and pleasant, people differ as to whether or not they like to be touched. For people with dementia, offer your hand and use their response as an indication of whether or not they welcome being touched.
It may be helpful to put your hand under the hands of persons with dementia when guiding them in a task. You may just need to remind them how to do something at first and then let them go on their own. Let them do as much as they can do on their own.
When traveling with your loved one, be sure to plan ahead so that the trip is enjoyable for everyone and you are prepared for any potential problems. You should consider the stage of your loved one’s disease, and whether the trip you are considering is a good idea, or even possible.
Be sure the type of travel, the length of time you are gone, and the place you are visiting is appropriate for you and your loved one’s abilities, needs, and preferences. Some precautions you can take include: