Try to retain a sense of humour, if appropriate, and remember it's not the person's fault. You may also want to try these tips: put a on the toilet door — pictures and words work well keep the toilet door open and keep a light on at night, or consider sensor lights look for s that the person may need the toilet, such as fidgeting or standing up or down try to keep the person active — a daily walk helps with regular bowel movements try to make going to the toilet part of a regular daily routine If you're still having problems with incontinence, ask your GP to refer the person to a continence adviser, who can advise on things like waterproof bedding or incontinence p.
Help with washing and bathing Some people with dementia can become anxious about personal hygiene and may need help with washing.
They may worry about: bath water being too deep noisy rush of water from an overhead shower fear of falling being embarrassed at getting undressed in front of someone else, even their partner How you can help Washing is a personal, private activity, so try to be sensitive and respect the person's dignity. Try these tips: ask the person how they'd prefer to be helped reassure the person you will not let them get hurt use a bath Find what youre looking for or handheld shower use shampoo, shower gel or soap the person prefers be prepared to stay with the person if they don't want you to leave them alone Alzheimer's Society has more tips in their factsheet on washing and bathing Sleep problems Dementia can affect people's sleep patterns and cause problems with a person's "body clock".
People with dementia may get up repeatedly during the night and be disorientated when they do so. They may try to get dressed as they're not aware it's night-time. How you can help Sleep disturbance may be a stage of dementia that'll settle over time. In the meantime, try these tips: put a dementia-friendly clock by the bed that shows whether it's night or day make sure the person has plenty of daylight and physical activity during the day cut out caffeine and alcohol in the evenings make sure the bedroom is comfortable and either have a night light or blackout blinds limit daytime naps if possible If sleep problems continue, talk to your GP or community nurse for advice.
Looking after yourself Caring for a partner, relative or close friend with dementia is demanding and can be stressful. It's important to remember that your needs as a carer are as important whatt the person you're caring for. Charities and voluntary organisations provide valuable support and advice on their websites and via their helplines: Age UK's Advice Line on free Independent Age lookkng free Dementia UK Admiral Nurse Dementia helpline on free Carers Direct helpline on free Carers UK on free Talk to other carers Sharing your experiences with other carers can be a great support as they understand what you're going through.
You can also share tips and advice. If it's difficult for you to be able to attend regular carers groups, one whhat the online forums: Alzheimer's Society Talking Point forum If you're struggling to cope Carers often find it difficult to talk about the stress involved with caring.
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