How can carers prepare themselves to cope with the symptoms of dementia?
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How can carers prepare themselves
to cope with the symptoms of dementia?




Being a full time carer is a difficult role and often places enormous strain on the carer. Whilst many individuals choose to work in the care industry, a significant number of carers care for family members and loved ones. Without any professional experience in the care industry, it can be difficult for carers to cope with the symptoms of dementia, particularly when a loved one is affected.


The care required when someone is suffering from dementia is varied and largely depends on the individual's specific needs. Many people with dementia have difficulty remembering things and may require help carrying out their daily routine. Without the help of a carer, people with dementia may forget to prepare meals or become easily confused by their surroundings. In addition to help with cognitive function and recall, people may require help actually carrying out tasks, such as help with dressing or bathing. In addition to being emotionally stressful, acting as a carer can place a physical strain on the carer, particularly if either person has mobility issues.


It is essential that carers are given adequate support and help in order to carry out their role. Prior to giving up a job to care for someone, carers are advised to contact their local councils to determine whether additional help is available that would enable them to continue with their carer. Alternatively, employers can often offer flexible working hours or a reduction in hours if the individual wishes to keep working. Often the strain of attempting to care for a loved one without help can cause a carer to be forced into handing in their resignation before seeking help. By seeking help earlier, it may become apparent that there are more options available which could help the carer and the person they are caring for.


People with dementia often require 'round-the-clock' care which is extremely difficult for one person to provide. By contacting local authorities, carers can gain access to support networks and obtain practical help. For example, professional carers often supplement care from a family member by caring for the person during the night or on specific days. This enables the carer to have a break for a few hours or ensure they get enough to sleep to maintain their own health.


In addition to gaining help with health issues, carers often find they require help dealing with the financial implications of being a carer. Giving up work to become a carer can affect a person's pension as well as their monthly income and can make it difficult to pay essential bills. However, help is available and carers should ensure that they and the person they are caring for a receiving the financial benefits they are entitled to. This can enable them to provide care on an on-going basis and relieve the stress of financial worries.


As well as making use of the professional support available, carers should rely on family and friends where possible. They can provide practical support by allowing the carer to take regular breaks as well as emotional support. Becoming a carer and caring for someone on a long-term basis can be a difficult and stressful experience but with the right amount of support and assistance carers can successfully manage and maintain their own health as well as providing adequate care and support for their loved ones.


Find out more about support for carers and care homes offering dementia care for your elderly relatives.


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