Home is a feeling - advice
Are you caring-for and living with someone with dementia? Either newly diagnosed or at a later stage.
Do you feel drained or worried about how to communicate with a person living with dementia when things get misunderstood at home ?
In my 15 years of work as a caregiver in England and 9 years of practice in a specialized method of communication (created for Alzheimer's patients: Contented Dementia) I have learned and developed many techniques to help relatives/caregivers deal with difficult situations in a loving and intuitive way. Dementia can be confusing, not just for the person living with dementia, but for everyone in the household. I can help.
For example, one of the many things (even the catastrophic reactions) that I can really support you with is “Sundown Syndrome”. This is a phenomena that can occur for most people at some stage in the Dementia. When the thinking-mind becomes unable to function as expected, the person living with dementia will then become more sensitive to their deep intuitions. One of these strong instincts (which we all have in some ways) is to feel anxious and have a ‘need for safety’ as the sun is setting.
This can cause the person living with dementia to display behaviours that are not in context with their environment, an over-reaction. In this case a desperate need to ‘go home’ (even if they are in their own house). This is then misunderstood by the family/caregivers who tell them ‘you are at home’. But this is not how the person living with dementia feels. This can then cause distress.
I can show you intuitive methods to see the world through their eyes and make them feel ‘at home’ (when they are already). I can teach you this and many other techniques to help create a more peaceful and loving environment for you all.
I have spent hundreds of evenings "bringing" people living with dementia “Home". You can too. Changes in my behaviour and communication, which I tried at key moments, made patients calm down, feel "at home" with me and establish cooperation with me again.
Thanks to this, I have unique experience. Through my own practice, I have learned effective, non-pharmacological methods of recovery from anxiety. I also learned how to effectively prevent subsequent attacks of the Sunset Syndrome, and others.
I have no doubts that the "home" the patients talk about is a feeling, not a place.
To understand the reality of a loved one living with dementia, you need to understand how their brain functions now. To make them feel at home with you again, you need help with self-reflection and to learn how to change your behaviour, because the person living with dementia is no longer able to change their behaviours.
To continue the exhaustive and demanding work of a caregiver you need to learn how to take care of yourself - so book your appointment for a consultation today.
I will explain dementia to you in a simple (non-medical) way.
You will benefit from my 15 years of practical experience with people living with dementia.
I will give you examples from life - what worked for us.
I have the unique experience of living with people (living with dementia) in their own homes on a daily basis (running a house, cooking, shopping, as well as recovering from anxiety in the evening and sleepless nights). This give me great empathy towards your day-to-day experiences.
I will give you some universal rules that work in the care of people living with dementia and I will also work with you to develop an individual care plan for your loved one
I will help you in self-reflection and finding ways to care for yourself
You will get immediate work tools to de-escalate and redirect the attention of the person living with dementia.
You will improve your relationship with the person you care for.
Because I know how hard it can be to find time for these things, you will choose the most convenient time of our conversation.
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