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Five Things Caregivers Can Do for Dementia Suffers

I have experience with caring for a loved one suffering from dementia. My mother had dementia and I learned many things that can help others

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Five Things Caregivers Can Do for Their Loved Ones With Dementia

Dementia is a loss of clearer thinking. Many caregivers of loved ones worry about how to help them through their days.

Here are five things caregivers can do to help them feel more at ease with all their confusion:

1—Give the loved one things to sort, such as socks and yarn colors to match up.
2—Give them something to read; if they can't read, read to them.
3—Give them many hugs and words of love.
4—If the weather is nice, take them out for a short walk to maybe pick flowers for the home.
5—Do things they enjoy, like watching funny movies or cooking some of their favorite foods.

Keep loved ones active, like helping them move their arms and legs while watching television. My mother's therapist advised me to help her keep moving with a paper of exercises to help her stay more active.

Helping loved ones with dementia will prove to be challenging but, at the same time, rewarding. Learning ways to help them can also allow us to help others with compassion and new growth. New growth, in my eyes, is all about understanding, patience, and love.

Here is a link from Eden Memory Care with ideas to help dementia patients stay busy

My opinion on Memory Care Facilities

Caregivers I know have had positive things to say about their loved ones living in a Memory Care facility, and have been please with the improvement of their loved ones.

How to Keep Dementia Patients Busy? | Eden Memory Care

More information is in the link below to help others care for individuals suffering from Dementia or other memory-loss diseases.

Tips for Caregivers and Families of People With Dementia (alzheimers.gov)

Caregivers and families of individuals suffering from dementia are both very important. Caregivers must learn how to take care of themselves as well as their loved ones. More helpful information is available when deciding to click on either or both of the links above.

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Personal Experience:

My mother passed away this year on January 19th, and I want to help others care for someone with dementia. To help my mother, I tried the options above, as other things, which I will discuss in my future articles.

I find that writing poetry has helped me feel even more adjusted to my new normal. So here is a poem for inspirational purposes.

Poem: Give Me Hope I Cry

I cry for hope
I cry for understanding
for I know not what I say or do
at times

I cry for unconditional love
for without it
I fear I will lose
what I hold dear

Hold patience
within your heart for me
for hard days will follow
but remember, love conquers all

Reflection:

Individuals who have dementia need compassionate care from everyone around them. Family members mean the most to them, even when they say they do not remember them.

My mother would cry out in confusion that her family did not understand what it was like to think about how she was feeling. Then, she would cry out loud for answers to her confusion. Sometimes, all loved ones can say is that everything is fine and help them talk about something else. Just remember love conquers all. Love does not cure the situation however, it helps their life be more meaningful and full of purpose.

If you are a spiritual person praying should help the daily confusion that goes along with caring for loved ones with dementia. I am not trying to make you believe in my belief in prayer, just making suggestions that did help me with more positive days when caring for them.

Just by searching for ways to help individuals who suffer from dementia, such information will prove available. More information is also available about how to help caregivers care for their loved ones with hope and understanding.

The best way to help them is to talk to them. Sometimes the caregivers will need to change the subject. When my mother would look through her mail and would read stressful happenings she would cry and sound angry. I had to leave some of her mail on the porch to pitch later if it was about stressful topics. This helped her stress level and mine.

One of the most important things to do is try to understand their confusion, along with handing out lots of hugs throughout the day. Continue to do your best and they will sense your deep love and care for them.


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