Louise Blezzard, Director of Wellbeing at Loveday shares her expert advice with Sheer Luxe on caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s. As an expert with over 15 years working in the care sector Louise’s experience comprises nursing, home and residential care; she has also worked as a CQC inspector. Louise has exceptional, first-hand knowledge of what it takes to deliver care that enhances the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.
In this insightful article, Louise talks about some of the common challenges faced by dementia caregivers. She explains that the complex nature of dementia means that symptoms change as the disease progresses, meaning care requirements also evolve which can be both challenging and exhausting for the caregiver. These changes can include a decline in memory and cognition, changes in mood and behaviour, difficulties with communication and an increased need for assistance with personal care and safety.
The important subject of safety in the home is explored in this article, where Louise offers some top tips ranging from appropriate footwear (no backless slipper) to removing hazardous items and addressing dangers in the home such as slippery surfaces, frayed carpets and adding night lights.
Louise also discusses some of the signs of caregiver burnout and gives advice on how care providers can support their own mental health, advising them to seek the support of loved ones and carve out time for themselves.
Other important topics discussed in this feature include valuable resources and advice for caregivers, including financial support, community support and professional care services.
Caring for someone living with dementia can be challenging but also hugely rewarding, especially with the right support.
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