While it can be rewarding to keep your family members with dementia at home, it can also be a challenging job to provide round the clock care. Here are some supports you can put in place to ensure that the home care you provide is sustainable for your family as a whole.
Having alarm systems that you let you know if a door or window is opened can help you to ensure that your house is safe at night, and you know that everyone is safely in their bed all night long. One of the surprising aspects of dementia is the piecemeal way that people lose skills, so your loved one can get themselves out of bed in the middle of the night and get into the car 'to go to work' and yet lose their way and forget where they are once on the road.
Many carers feel incredibly stressed and overwhelmed by their situation. Counselling services can help to process emotions and allow a venue to explore unpalatable emotions such as anger, frustration or sadness.
Delivery service and home visits
In order to prevent stressful trips to the supermarket and busy medical waiting rooms, bring services to your home instead. By combining grocery deliveries, meal services and home medical care you can avoid taking unnecessary trips out of the house and instead concentrate on external trips to more enjoyable locations like nature reserves and the beach. Many patients with dementia find situations with strangers stressful and prefer to stay in familiar and comfortable environments as much as possible.
Home respite care
If you are taking on the bulk of the care, it's important to allow yourself some time to recharge both physically and emotionally. While you might be initially more comfortable with friends and family providing informal care, forming a relationship with a formal respite care service allows you to spend time with your friends and family outside of the house and have some much needed social interaction. By having home respite care, your loved one is not required to interact with other people with dementia and can be cared for in their own home, in comfortable surroundings.
Contact a company like Adssi HomeLiving Australia to learn more about options like this.
Government support is available for respite care for carers of people with dementia.
If you are taking on a role as a home carer for someone with dementia, it's important to prepare for the situation by amassing a support system that cares for you as well as your loved one.