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18th May 2016

How you can help us help your loved one with dementia

If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, you can be a valuable bridge to help us provide the best possible care for them so they can continue to live successfully in their own home.

Links with the familiar and the past are vitally important to people with dementia.  That’s why helping someone to stay in their own home for as long as possible can be hugely beneficial for them; the memories their own environment evokes can help calm and reassure them.

If you are the son or daughter, grandchild, nephew or niece of someone with dementia, you can also play a key role in helping them.  As a close family member, you have a treasure trove of shared memories; you may also know of events that are significant to them from before you were born, such as their wartime experiences or the childhood holidays that they always used to talk about.

As they become less certain of the present, these memories from their past can provide a calming, safe ground, where they feel more confident.  Sharing these memories with us can give our carersuseful anchors to use with your relative, to help bring them back the familiar and away from confusion.

At TerraBlu we understand that the journey through dementia is a shared one.  That’s why we work with families to understand the whole person, so we can provide the reassurance they need to continue to live independently in their own home.