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5 Things Dementia Caregivers Should Do Every Day

Posted by The Brickmont Assisted Living Team on Apr 1, 2024 8:00:00 AM | 4 minute read


Providing care for a person living with dementia is a journey filled with compassion, patience, and love. As a caregiver, your role is fundamental; it's a relationship that requires strength and understanding and varies greatly from one day to the next. 

Brickmont Assisted Living provides comprehensive dementia care to families in the Atlanta area. We’re diving into essential tasks that should be in every dementia caregiver's care plan, aimed at improving the quality of life for the caregiver and the person with dementia.

1. Establish a Routine

One of the cornerstones of effective dementia care is establishing and maintaining a consistent routine. People with dementia benefit greatly from structure and familiarity in their day-to-day lives.

Because dementia can make it difficult to learn new things, having a regular schedule helps to anchor the day. This provides a sense of normality and security while also ensuring they can enjoy the reassurance of having a consistent daily plan. Familiar patterns can also reduce anxiety and confusion, making it easier for your loved one to navigate through their day.

Start by framing the daily activities around their previously held likes, habits, and needs, and gradually adapt as necessary. Always try to maintain a calm and predictable environment, reducing the stress of unpredictability that dementia can bring.

2. Practice Patience and Compassion

The challenges that dementia presents are profound and unique to each individual. As a caregiver, it is crucial to meet these challenges with a heart full of patience and compassion. Positivity goes a long way in any situation, especially when it comes to providing dementia care. 

Acknowledge that changes in behavior and memory are symptoms of the condition and not within your loved one’s control. Patience doesn’t just help them, but it helps you adjust to the rigors of dementia care.

When you feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember that your support makes all the difference. Remind yourself of who they were, and still are, beyond dementia.

3. Promote Physical and Mental Stimulation

An active mind and body can positively affect a person’s well-being, even when faced with dementia.

Activities such as puzzles, memory games, or listening to their favorite music can support cognitive function and bring joy.

Physical activities adapted to their capabilities, such as walking or light gardening, can maintain mobility and add to a person’s sense of accomplishment and autonomy.

4. Foster Social Connections

Social connections play a vital role in the well-being of those with dementia. Isolation can exacerbate the condition while socializing can help maintain identity and connection with others.

Whether through visits from friends and family, attending community events, or participating in support groups, maintaining social ties can provide emotional highs and help them retain a sense of self.

Regular, familiar company can have therapeutic effects. Even if dementia affects communication, the presence of loved ones provides comfort and familiarity.

5. Take Care of Yourself

In the demanding role of a caregiver, it’s all too easy to sideline your well-being. However, caring for yourself is essential to sustain this role's energy and emotional capacity.

Remember that self-care is not selfish. Only by looking after your own health can you provide the best care for your loved one.

Join caregiver support groups, engage in regular respite, and do not hesitate to ask for help when needed. Monitor your stress levels, and seek professional help if you're struggling.

The journey of caregiving for someone with dementia is challenging yet filled with meaningful moments. Incorporating these practices into your routine can make a significant difference in your life and the life of the person you care for. Above all, recognize the value of what you do, and remember that you’re not alone in this. Your devotion to dementia care is a testament to the human spirit’s capacity for empathy and caring.

To all caregivers, Brickmont Assisted Living thanks you for your constant dedication. Your contributions are invaluable and deeply appreciated, and our Silver Linings Memory Care program is here to provide the help you need every step of the way. 

To learn more about dementia care in Atlanta, Georgia, contact our Silver Linings team today!

Topics: Caregiving

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