iStock_000067507697_MediumLet’s be honest: caring for a loved one with dementia is tough. And with its fluctuating symptoms and multifaceted challenges, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to provide the most appropriate care. In the midst of the increased need for hands-on care, it can be easy to overlook one important aspect of dementia care: maintaining the senior’s dignity.

At Regency Home Care, we understand firsthand these challenges, and have devoted special training and attention to ensuring that our clients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are cared for at all times with the utmost respect.

One of our guiding standards is the Best Friends™ Dementia Bill of Rights, which includes such positive caregiving principles as providing meaningful engagement for the person, getting outdoors whenever possible, offering gentle physical contact when welcomed (such as handholding), and being fully trained in dementia care.

Here are five tips to help you in your journey in caring for someone who struggles with the issues of dementia:

  1. Continue to include the person in conversations, even if he or she seems unable to participate or fully understand what’s being discussed.
  2. Always use the person’s name in addressing him or her rather than terms of endearment like “honey” or “sweetie” to maintain a sense of identity and respect.
  3. If the person requires assistance with toileting, bathing, and dressing, take steps to maintain as much privacy as possible to maintain his or her dignity.
  4. Use appropriate adult terms for what could conceivably be described in childlike terms – such as “pureed fruit” instead of “baby food” and “incontinence products” over “diapers.”
  5. Allow the person to have control over everyday choices and decisions that do not compromise safety – such as selecting what to wear and what to eat.

We’d love to share more tips with you on how to provide the most appropriate, compassionate and respectful care to your loved one with dementia, and to offer you the opportunity to allow one of our specially trained, certified Atlanta caregivers to lend a hand. Knowing that your loved one is in the best of hands allows you some much needed respite to refresh and rejuvenate. Call us any time at 678-999-2446 to learn more.