What is Dementia?
Dementia is not a disease but an overall syndrome of losing memory and thinking skills of the person and leads to reduction of person’s own ability and capacity to do his/her day to day activities. To take care of such person is quite challenging in physical and emotional level, as the behavioral pattern of such persons keep changing without their own knowledge. Dementia can affect the person’s behavior in varied ways where they might hallucinate, get into depression, can become anxious, agitated, might wander or lose their inhibitions. All these states look so depressing for the ones who taking care of them but they can be overcome with certain strategies adopted as suggested in the next section
How to Take Care of Dementia Paients?
Caring for Dementia Patients can be done through the following steps:
- When there is communication issues with the patient, work with patience and let them take their time to understand you to respond. If necessary,take them to the doctor for eye and ear checkup. Be positive in your tone and body language for them to understand you. Be short, consistent and precise.
- The food habits of Dementia patients needs to be monitored carefully as they might forget to eat or drink on time or they might even feel the difficulty to chew and swallow. Give familiar, small and regular meals every 5 to 6 hours a day. If they are not able to chew, so make a habit of eating with them by showing them how to chew and swallow.
- Hygiene habits of such people needs to be maintained through regular patient encouragement for bathing through soothing music playing in the background and other hygiene needs also to be taken care like toileting, shaving, cleaning ears, providing fresh clothes, and maintaining dental care and personal grooming.
Overall a Dementia patient needs to be taken care of with utmost patience, love and happiness to be in a good condition.