A person diagnosed with dementia will naturally feel very frightened and vulnerable, its important that the people around them are supportive and understanding, it can also be very upsetting to family members but they should try and be flexible and sensitive and try and cope with their own emotions. Each person diagnosed with dementia is a unique individual with their own set of emotions, sense of identity and personal history we should always try and promote them in retaining their sense of identity, support them with their faith, ask them their likes/dislikes and gather as much information on them as we can so we can understand them and support them to the best of our ability. Trying to imagine what it must be like by putting ourselves in their shoes will also make us have more empathy.The person needs to be involved in their care for as long as its possible, this will give them a sense of ownership and help them retain their identity. Asking them what their opinion are and what preferences they have is very important making sure the tasks needing to be carried out are ‘done with the client’ and ‘not to the client’ this makes the person feel involved, that they matter and help preserve a sense of self-worth. Education is important for the person diagnosed with dementia, the more the person knows about how the condition will affect them the more, the services available and support open to them the more it will help reduce their anxiety and fears.Active listening to the person is critical, finding out how they feel, what their concerns our, future plans and what sort of care they would like is vital, listening to the person and validating their concerns is important they should be allowed to talk openly and freely this will should help relieve agitation, anxiety and frustration they feel.As the person progresses with dementia it will become impossible for them to connect to us, as carers we will need to ‘build a bridge to connect to them’ if the person is showing signs of challenging behavior we need to try and discover what the reason for this is, as they cannot communicate to us they may try and communicate in another fashion and it may come across as challenging but the onus is on the care to discover what they need help with ‘see the person not the behavior’ we need to remember we are dealing with an adult and they should be treated as an adult with respect at all times, never contradicting, talking down too, patronized or made to feel they are not be listened too acting like this will diminish their self-worth and make they grow more introvert.
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