Staying active with dementia through home care

Dementia is a general term to describe a variety of symptoms associated with a number of diseases which affect the brain. While symptoms usually begin mild, they can have a significant impact on daily living – especially as they grow in severity. If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with dementia, it’s important to stay engaged, maintain a routine and lead a healthy lifestyle. 

In this blog post, we explore how dementia care in Manchester and the surrounding area can support a person’s independence and help them live an active and fulfilled life. Read on to discover how staying active with dementia through home care is possible. 

Understanding the effects of dementia 

Dementia is a common condition for ageing adults over the age of 65. The most common symptoms include problems with memory, judgement, reasoning, communication and attention. While some age-related memory changes are to be expected in the later years of life, dementia is not a normal part of ageing. For example, many ageing adults may occasionally misplace their car keys or forget the name of an acquaintance. Those with dementia, however, may get lost in a familiar neighbourhood, struggle to complete tasks independently or forget the names of close family members and friends. People with dementia may also experience changes in their moods and behaviour. Because of this, dementia can significantly interfere with their ability to do everyday activities safely and independently. 

The importance of staying active

To live well with dementia, it’s important to stay active and engaged. You are still the same person and while you may have to adapt to your changing needs, there’s no reason why you should stop doing the activities you enjoy. Not only does staying engaged keep you in touch with people and allow you to feel supported, it also does wonders for maintaining your physical and mental health. As a result, you’ll feel more confident in your abilities and less anxious or depressed. 

How can home care help? 

Home care supports a person’s independence and enables them to continue living safely in the comfort of their own home. This is particularly beneficial for people living with dementia as a change in routine or environment can be extremely unsettling. 

The help of a dedicated carer provides many benefits. For example, if you love to cook, your carer can assist you in the kitchen or pick up groceries in advance. If gardening is your hobby, you and your carer can enjoy time in nature together. If household tasks become too overwhelming or difficult, your carer can be there to offer you an extra hand. You and your carer can also engage in brain-stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles and boardgames. 

You may feel frustrated with your condition or upset that it’s affecting your ability to do the activities you once did effortlessly, and your carer can provide moral support and encouragement. Together, you and your carer can break tasks down into steps, keep distractions to a minimum, and keep things as simple as possible. Remember, you do not need to navigate this journey alone – support is available. 

Get in touch 

If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with dementia and could benefit from home care, we would love to chat. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team or call us on 0161 929 6039. Our expert staff would be happy to answer any of your questions or provide more information.