When you’re fully focused on caring for someone, your own needs may seem a lower priority. You might neglect your own health, or see less of your friends and family. This video looks at suggestions for maintaining your health and well-being when you have caring responsibilities.
Looking after your relationships
When you’re caring for someone with dementia, whether that be a partner, parent or relative, sometimes the dementia can get in the way of the relationship itself. This video investigates ways to look past the dementia and see the person themselves.
What to do when someone stops recognising you
It can be difficult when a family member with dementia stops recognising you – but please remember that not being recognised doesn’t mean you’re totally forgotten. In this video, our nurse has some useful tips for dealing with this, including using visual cues to help a person with dementia reconnect with you.
Creating a ‘Life Story’
A ‘Life Story’ is a tool that’s often used by Admiral Nurses. It involves working with families to create a Life Story account for the person with dementia – full of photos, memorabilia and recollections from their life – to help the person reminisce and to show others who they are and what they care about.
Coping with feelings of guilt
Feelings of guilt are common for people looking after someone with dementia. You might feel like you’re not living up to expectations, or you might be feeling resentful of the person that you care for. This is totally normal but there are things you can do to make sure the guilt doesn’t overwhelm you.