The month of September is Dementia Awareness Month. From 19 – 25 September Dementia Australia also holds its annual Dementia Action Week, with this year’s focus – ‘A little support makes a big difference’ – challenging us, as a community, to not only increase our understanding of dementia but to also learn how we can make a difference in the lives of those who are impacted.
According to Dementia Australia, currently, close to half a million Australians are living with dementia and while they can continue to lead an active life for years after diagnosis, they often experience discrimination.
To help us better support a friend, loved one, neighbour living with dementia, Dementia Australia has shared a range of handy tips and tools. Here, we’ve compiled a shortlist of recommendations.
1.Create a dementia-friendly home environment
By making just a few smart changes, you can make living at home easier for someone living with dementia. Simple things like adding signage, larger switches, and using a whiteboard or calendar can assist with creating a safe, accessible space.
2.Give People Living With Dementia A Little Space
If you know someone with dementia, you may be tempted to help them with every task.
However, to help them stay as independent as possible and retain their self-worth, you should consider how you can give a person with dementia more space. Dementia Australia suggests giving people living with dementia their space through:
3.Make Daily Life Easier With Technological Aids
There are many technological aids and devices available that can make day-to-day life easier for people living with dementia.
These devices can act as memory prompts and support with locating important items, keeping track of medications, and more. Below are just a few ideas for easy-to-use technology that can improve the day-to-day life of people with dementia.
Please note: Dementia Australia and Prestige Inhome Care do not endorse the use of any specific products.
At Prestige Inhome Care, our care workers can assist clients with the use of these and any other technological aids and devices and find solutions that can be easily adopted into a person’s existing routines.
4.Get The Right Support
People who suffer from dementia have unique and specific needs and their care and support services need to be individually tailored.
At Prestige Inhome Care, we are committed to supporting our clients to live well at home and remain as independent as possible.
We understand that no two clients with dementia are the same. Dementia affects all clients differently and everyone’s experience with the condition is unique. That’s why we work with you and your family to assess the person living with dementia and to develop an individualised plan of care that meets all their needs as well as those of the family.
From our experienced Case Managers through to our qualified care workers, all of our team is trained in understanding dementia and the issues surrounding support and care for clients with this condition.
We can provide support with:
To find out more about our dementia care services and to organise a free, no-obligation in-home consultation, call 1300 10 30 10 to speak to a Care Specialist.