I see this all the time from new caregivers. Cleanliness becomes a big issue with all of us at some point in the caring journey, but we have options. It's also important to realise that they cannot help it. It's an issue that comes hand in hand at some point with dementia as an illness. It's up to us as family and caregivers, to ensure our loved ones are taken care of … [Read more...] about Lack of Hygiene with Dementia
I've been caring for many years now, first for adopted children, which is ongoing as I have one child who will be a child adult his whole life, and then both mum and dad with dementia. From the start, caring meant that my life changed beyond all comprehension, but we can choose to take it on and step up, or go into denial and pass it off to another family member. I'm the … [Read more...] about Does Caring Change The Carer?
I hadn't heard of Aphasia until mum went into hospital and I saw it on the bottom of her chart. The chart that nobody ever read before caring for her. Once I knew what it was, it was like a lightbulb going off in my head. Finally, I knew what to call that thing going on with her speech and language. So - What is Aphasia? Aphasia, also sometimes called … [Read more...] about What is aphasia?
This is a big topic in the land of dementia. Do we tell them the truth, and risk them being upset, over and over, and over again. You can imagine it, someone with advanced dementia has a close relative who has died, and the family and often religious, cultural and ethical dilemmas that arise. There tend to be two schools of thought where there is no grey area of … [Read more...] about The White Lie Therapy – To Tell or Not To Tell Someone With Dementia Bad News
As carers, many of us have been here. Some of us know we're on our own with caring from the beginning, and others have been promised help from friends and family, who say they'll be there for us, whatever we need, so we can work/have breaks/spend time with our other family members. Siblings are often very good at promising to help, and also offering to be the financial POA … [Read more...] about What do you do all day as a caregiver for dementia?