Caring for a loved one with dementia can be emotionally, physically and logistically challenging. You may have begun to notice some behavioural changes and it is probably getting increasingly difficult to figure out if your loved one is in pain or has other medical conditions that require attention. It is so important to pay attention to these changes, no matter how subtle they may be, as they can provide clues to how your loved one is coping with dementia and other related health issues (such as depression, anger, aggression, hallucinations, insomnia, lack of appetite etc.) that may develop over time as a natural progression of the disease.
As the disease progresses, it is common for dementia suffers to gradually lose their capacity to recollect details and convey feelings/ideas clearly. Many care givers and family members do find this distressing and worrisome – especially when their loved ones insist on remaining in the family home for as long as possible.
Thankfully, there are several options to help you balance your need to protect your loved one and keep them safe with his/her need to remain independent and retain their sense of connection to the past and their community. You are not alone in this journey, and we are here to help your loved one maximize their quality of life and safety at home during this difficult time.
Call Sequel today on 9499 1200 to find out how we can be of assistance.