Early Dementia Caregiver Tips

Early dementia caregiver tips include taking care of yourself.

When a spouse or loved one is diagnosed with dementia, both you and the individual diagnosed may experience frustration and sadness. Even if you had suspected the person was experiencing cognitive decline, you may be unsure how you will be able to care for them through memory loss and personality changes. Discussing early dementia caregiver tips with your doctor and other healthcare professionals can help.

It is normal to have conflicting emotions when becoming a caregiver. Talking through your fears with a personal counselor can provide you with a plan. There are early dementia caregiver tips and resources available.

Routines and Home Safety Decisions

People living with dementia may need help with tasks they performed on their own without a second thought in years prior. This could include bathing and grooming, for example. The individual you are caring for may be embarrassed to ask for help with these tasks, even though they need it. Daily routines can help. 

The benefits of routines will likely be felt by both you and your loved one. Routines bring consistency and expectation. For instance, you could bring one or all of the following into your daily schedule.

  • Bathing and dressing at the same time every day.
  • Sticking to set meal times and dine at the same place in the house.
  • Plan an outing or activity for each day at a specific time.
  • Build quiet moments into the schedule for relaxation.

What activities you choose to do with your loved one will depend on what the two of you like to do. Ideally, there is an activity or two you both enjoy, then it can buoy both of your spirits. Maybe it is taking a walk, gardening, or watching a comedy show.

You may have trouble communicating at times, many individuals with dementia become angry or anxious when they can’t remember something or feel lost. Try to remain calm and respectful. It can be tempting to take complete control of the situation and tell the person that you are caring for what to do every minute of the day. But one of the common early dementia caregiver tips is to give your loved one a bit of control and privacy while they are able to engage in decision making. This will bring both of you relief from stress. 

Part of allowing your loved one more independence will likely include making some physical changes to your home, too. Stairs need to have handrails and trip hazards need to be cleared out, this includes electrical cords and decorative rugs. 

Early Dementia Caregiver Tips Include Taking Care of Yourself

Adjusting your days to take care of a person with dementia can be all consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. If you need help, reach out. There are resources available to help you cope with feelings of frustration and isolation. Ask friends, family members, healthcare providers, and personal counselors for support when you need it. 

Additionally, early dementia caregiver tips include living a healthy lifestyle. This means nutritious foods, exercise, and connecting with others to talk through stress and worries. Remember, you can’t care for someone else if you are not in good health yourself. 

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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