Starting with Dignity, let me spell DEMENTIA for you
Just because someone has dementia it doesn’t stop them from being a human being, so it is very important to treat them with dignity and respect at all times.
The ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Try to understand how someone with dementia might be feeling, and why they are behaving the way they are.
Music can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long-forgotten memories. If someone with dementia can no longer communicate they may still be able to sing along to a favourite song.
Even light exercise can help to maintain muscle strength, help to keep bones strong, improve sleep, enhance confidence and improve strength and balance.
Be yourself and try not to change the way you act towards someone who has dementia. Don’t be patronising or condescending. Just because they have dementia doesn’t make them stupid.
By simply holding someone’s hand can be very comforting for them especially for someone with dementia who has lost the ability to speak. Non-verbal interaction is so important in making them feel loved.
Talk, play games, sing along to music or look through some old photographs. Make them feel a part of everyday life and encourage them to take part in activities which will help to stimulate them.
If someone who has dementia is still able to do things for themselves allow them to do so. Even something as simple as making a cup of tea for you can make them feel valued and useful.