Ways in which you can support your cared ones that have Dementia. For people with Dementia, Christmas may be difficult, confusing and overwhelming. Here are 7 ways in which you can support your cared ones that have Dementia.
1. Put Christmas decorations up gradually
Introduce the Christmas environment slowly. Think about putting decorations up gradually over a few days so it doesn’t appear as a big change to the person’s usual setting.
2. Keep it simple and familiar
Someone with dementia may feel overwhelmed over the Christmas period, so it’s best not to overdo it. Keeping the day’s activities low-key as possible while celebrating this special time of the year can help your loved one to be more relaxed. Sticking to a familiar routine is also a good idea where possible. Having meals at regular times and in familiar surroundings will help to limit any potential confusion.
3. Get everyone involved
There are many ways to involve people living with dementia at Christmas time – from something as simple as hanging a bauble on the tree to doing a spot of Christmas shopping. The important thing is that they feel included.
4. Create a quiet room
A large number of guests can be overwhelming, so ask family and friends to spread out their visits over the festive period. If things do get a little busy, designate one room in your house a ‘quiet room’ where your loved one can relax without loud noise or maybe spend time with a friend or family member on their own.
5. Bring back old memories
Whether it’s an old song they used to enjoy or a classic Christmas film they always enjoy watching, find something fun you can share. Making a family photo album or memory box could be a nice way to spend time together as well something you can use in the future.
6. Be mindful of food
Although many people eat a lot at Christmas, a full plate can be daunting for someone who has difficulties eating. If you’re doing the serving, try not to overload your loved one’s plate. We have more helpful tips on helping loved ones with no appetite to eat here
7. Be flexible
It’s easy to get caught up in Christmas traditions, but your festive season might begin to look different as dementia progresses. It’s always worth having a plan B and be prepared to change your plans if a particular element causes concern.
Please remember that you don’t have to be alone in supporting a family member or friend. Our staff are vastly experienced carers offering different levels of support from daily care to live in care and we can provide the support and advice you need, you can call us on 01564 784 598