This NHS Choices web page gives the layman an easy to understand set of guidelines which may be of help in assisting someone with dementia to continue living a reasonably satisfying and dignified lifestyle. Useful links to further patient information are supplied.
This broad-ranging subject includes topics such as:
- Staying independent with support from family and friends.
- Living at home, relying on help with daily activities such as housework and shopping, home adaptations etc.
- Keeping active, enjoying hobbies and interests. Maintaining an interest in life.
- Social life: keeping in contact with other people.
- Driving and dementia.
- Sleeping well.
- Coping with painful illnesses such as arthritis.
- Dementia and employment.
- Dementia Support Groups.
- Organising financial and legal affairs.
- Care at home.
- Support for carers.
- Palliative Care.
A sample quotation is given below:
• Keep a diary and write down things you want to remember.
• Pin a weekly timetable to the wall.
• Put your keys in an obvious place such as a large bowl in the hall.
• Have a daily newspaper delivered to remind you of the date and day.
• Put labels on cupboards or drawers.
• Place helpful telephone numbers by the phone.
• Write reminders to yourself, e.g. put a note on the front door to take your keys.
• Programme people’s names and numbers into your phone.
• Install safety devices, such as gas detectors and smoke alarms”.
Read more: Living with Dementia (NHS Choices).