When you have a family member that has dementia, this is difficult for everyone involved. Many people want to take their relatives to live with them, and though this can be a great option, bear in mind the level of care that is needed, especially as the person’s condition deteriorates.
If you are thinking of having a relative with dementia move in with you, here are some of the things to consider…
Help with moving around – Mobility can become difficult for people who have dementia, and whilst someone is mobile, they may need help to ensure that they do not fall. As well as helping them yourself, having rails that they can hold onto also helps them to move about.
Challenging and Unpredictable Behaviour – People who have dementia often exhibit challenging behaviour and this can be difficult to deal with. They can become confused or upset and this can cause them to lash out physically. Challenging behaviour training courses like this tidaltraining.co.uk/learning-disability-training/challenging-behaviour-training-breakaway-techniques can help you to manage this correctly.
Incontinence – Unfortunately, the ability to go to the toilet or be aware when they need the toilet is something that eventually happens over the course of the illness. This means that you will need to be able to clean up when necessary as well as help them to use the toilet when needed.
Help with Eating – Eating can also be difficult for people with dementia, and they may need help with eating and also may have to have a restricted diet to reduce their choking risk.