Dear Caregivers,

dementia

One of the most important things to remember when caring for someone with dementia is the fact that dementia patients are human beings.  They have feelings, value and deserve respect.

Even if they can’t remember what year it is, where they live or your name.

It is never acceptable to shame, belittle or mistreat them, period.

Speak with them.  Listen to their stories, even if they ramble.  Let them know it is ok for them to be who they are right now.

Smile when you speak to them.  Look them in the eye when you speak to them.  Look them in the eye when they speak to you.

Love them for who they are right now.

When they try to help, thank them graciously.  Even if their help has caused extra work for you.

Engage with them where they’re at, don’t try to force them to where you’re at.

If you are ever in doubt as to how to respond to your loved one with dementia, just remember the golden rule … if you were confused, how would you like to be treated?

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