How caregivers can best look after loved ones with Alzheimer's
There may be over 850,000 people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia across the UK, but there are millions of family caregivers who are tasked with the often difficult challenge of watching over and caring for their loved ones as their independence deteriorates.
Unpaid carers for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia save the economy a staggering £11 BILLION per year, with 40% of these family caregivers admitting to high or very high emotional stress levels.
Many family caregivers have no previous experience with long-term conditions such as Alzheimer’s or dementia and can find it difficult to see the change it causes in the behaviour of those they know and love. We recently spoke to Val, who shared some eye-opening truths about providing end-of-life care for her mum who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Read what family caregivers experience on a regular basis
Alzheimer's Disease: A Guide to Helping Family Caregivers
In support of World Alzheimer’s Month this September, we’ve created a free guide to help raise awareness of what many caregivers do on a daily basis and also provide some ideas for carers on how they can best look after themselves and their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
As well as addressing difficult questions such as “What do I do if they become aggressive?”, “How do I deal with delirium?” or “What do I do if they forget who I am?”, the guide also promotes the importance of self-care, as this often leads to caregivers providing better overall care.
Our “Day in the Life” section has been included to help raise awareness of the daily tasks many family caregivers take on and the guide also suggests ideas for products which can help those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia remain independent for longer – making life a little easier for their carers.
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- October 17th 2017