Accepting help can be difficult for individuals with dementia.
As the aging population increases in numbers, so do the number of people who show symptoms of dementia. There are various forms of dementia; Alzheimer’s Disease being the most prevalent. At Seniors Helping Seniors, dementia care has become an important niche for us, and it makes sense! Many of our clients who have dementia are not insightful about their memory issues. It’s common for people living with dementia to be resistant to getting the help they need. Our caregivers are older adults themselves and often feel more like a friend than a paid companion, easing clients with dementia into the idea of having a new person get to know them and vice versa.
Social isolation is common for individuals with dementia. There are many potential causes for social isolation including self consciousness around abilities to engage, difficulty following conversations, friends (and sometimes family members) not knowing how to talk to their loved one with dementia, and short term memory loss.
How can we help?
At Seniors Helping Seniors, we are particularly sensitive when working with individuals with dementia. All of our office staff (and many of our caregivers) are trained as Certified Dementia Practitioners. We also provide in-depth training on the Alzheimer’s Association® endorsed Habilitation Method for Caring for Individuals with Dementia. Every Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver is thoroughly trained in best practices for working with individuals with dementia and we ensure that caregivers understand both the complexities and rewards of supporting those who have dementia.
We believe that people living with dementia are still useful and valuable members of society and we understand the stigma associated with cognitive impairment. That’s why we work with families and care partners to learn as much about each client as possible. This helps us to draw out the things they love (or once loved) and see our clients as whole people who merely possess symptoms of dementia. Dementia doesn’t have to define someone. Our caregivers find that after spending a significant amount of time with their clients who have dementia, they are able to build a trusting and mutually beneficial relationship.
Social engagement is so important for people with dementia!
We also understand that one of the best treatment approaches for people with dementia is social engagement. After retirement, it’s common that social engagement drops significantly. If we don’t make a concerted effort to be social, we can lose cognitive capacity. This is especially true for individuals with dementia and diverse social interactivity can help those with diminished cognitive capacity maintain cognitive functioning longer than those not receiving adequate social engagement.
To learn more about our in-depth approach to working with individuals who are living with dementia please contact us!