In the latest addition to the Seniorly CareTalks series, Tender Rose Dementia Care specialists Founder & CEO Jim Kimzey shares his best advice for caring for a loved one with dementia. His CareTalk includes three tips for how to help your loved one with dementia have the highest quality of life possible.
Tip 1: Raise Your Expectations of What’s Possible
No matter where your loved one is in the course of their disease, they have the possibility of living a higher quality of life. According to Kimzey, this overall quality of life will depend on the quality of the relationships they have with their family, community and care providers.
Tip 2: Encourage Care Providers to Focus on Person-Centered Activity-Based Care
Engaging the dementia patient in activities that used to bring meaning will keep their mind from going to places that get them into trouble. Person-centered activity-based care has been proven to be successful in persons living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Tip 3: Help Your Care Provider Connect with Your Loved One
When you move a loved one into assisted living or hire in-home care providers, it’s important to do your part to ensure that they can connect with your loved one. Kimzey suggests that you provide biographical information that can help the provider better understand your loved one, engage them in activities that provide meaning. This can help your loved one connect with any long term memories that may still be intact, adding a level of comfort and familiarity in new situations.
For more information on Tender Rose Dementia Care Specialists, visit www.tenderrose.com
For suggestions on the top home care providers in your area, visit Seniorly.com or call us at (415) 570-4370!