Advice for living with dementia

Advice for living with dementia

A dementia diagnosis can be scary. It may feel that nothing will ever be the same again. But you can still enjoy life with dementia.

If you’ve been told you have dementia

  • Remember that you can still have an enjoyable, meaningful life. Support is available to help you manage symptoms.
  • Make sure that you’re assessed as soon as possible. You should be told what type of dementia you have. This will help you to receive the right support.
  • You don’t have to stop doing the things you love. However, you might need to take more time or do things differently.
  • Eat well and exercise when you can. A walk outdoors can be good for your health and your mood.
  • Make changes to your home to make your life easier.

 

How you can support someone with dementia

People with dementia often feel vulnerable so may need more reassurance and support. Don’t isolate or ignore them. We all require company and conversation.

Try not to show frustration if your loved one gets confused or acts out of character. Avoid talking down to them. Dementia affects people’s thinking, reasoning and memory, but their feelings remain.

Dementia can affect balance, vision and coordination, so simple changes around the home, like a grab rail and touch-activated lights, can make a real difference.

Finally, recognise that you need support as a carer – it’s OK to accept help when it’s offered.

 

How Hospiscare can support patients and their families

We’re able to offer our dementia patients the support of a specialist Admiral Nurse, Chrissy Hussey. She can help you and your family to live more positively in the present and face any challenges ahead. Chrissy can help with:

  • Expert advice and guidance on living a full life with dementia
  • Psychological and emotional support
  • Navigating the general healthcare system
  • Liaising with other healthcare professionals

If you’re not yet being supported by Hospiscare and believe you’d benefit from hospice services, please ask your GP for a referral. If you’re caring for someone with dementia, you may also want to visit the

Other specialist sources of advice and support