Preventing Social Isolation in People with
Dementia
Loneliness is one of the most difficult emotions to face and unfortuna...
 Encourage Family Involvement: Strong family relationships can make a big
difference to people living with dementia. Try ...
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Preventing Social Isolation in People with Dementia

Caring for a person with dementia is an emotional experience. Loneliness is one of the most difficult emotions to face and unfortunately it is very common among people living with dementia. Icare provides special care to them. For details call (905) 491-6941 or visit: www.icarehomehealth.ca
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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  • 1. Preventing Social Isolation in People with Dementia Loneliness is one of the most difficult emotions to face and unfortunately it is very common among people living with dementia. Since dementia can make it more difficult for people to maintain relationships, they are often left alone and disconnected. If you are caring for somebody with dementia, there are a few ways that you can help them reduce this social isolation:  Encourage Structured Activities: For a person living with dementia, structured and predictable social activities are often the highlight of their week and the consistency of it makes them feel safe and comfortable. Try to find activities that are aligned with their interests. Whether it is a knitting group, bowling league or an art class.  Get Them Out in Public: Just being out amongst people can help reduce social isolation. If they enjoy having a cup of tea in the afternoon, encourage them to have that cup of tea at a local café. iCare Home Health Services Inc., 2275 Upper Middle Rd. E., Suite 101,OakvilleOntarioL6H 0C3, Telephone: (905) 491-6941, Email:Info@icarehomehealth.caWebsite: www.icarehomehealth.ca
  • 2.  Encourage Family Involvement: Strong family relationships can make a big difference to people living with dementia. Try to encourage family members to schedule frequent visits. Regularly spending time with people who know and love them best can make them feel a lot less isolated.  Foster Understanding: Since dementia is difficult for many to understand, people who suffer from it often find that friends, family and acquaintances avoid them. It is so painful for them to feel cut off from others at a time when they need them the most. They best way to make family and friends feel more comfortable is to educate them about dementia so that they understand it better and have an idea of what to expect.  Get them Outside and Moving: Fresh air and exercise are proven to provide people with a better sense of well-being. When you feel better, you are less likely to be overcome by sadness or loneliness. Often just getting them to go for a walk outside can give a more positive outlook. Caring for a person with dementia is an emotional experience. Your feelings may range from frustration to admiration in just one afternoon. Watching somebody that you care about become increasingly lonely is heart breaking. You can help them, but your efforts may not make a difference overnight. What was a dismal failure yesterday may be the perfect solution today. Don’t give up!Home Health Services provides elderly home care, including dementia care in Burlington and dementia care in Mississauga. ICare Home Health Services provides home care in Oakville and elder care in Oakville iCare Home Health Services Inc., 2275 Upper Middle Rd. E., Suite 101,OakvilleOntarioL6H 0C3,Telephone: (905) 491-6941, Email:Info@icarehomehealth.caWebsite: www.icarehomehealth.ca

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