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Practical Tips to Help People Living with Dementia

Home CareJune 1, 20233 minute read

Dementia is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. In Australia, it is estimated there are more than 400,000 people affected by the condition. It can be difficult not just for the person living with dementia, but for their family and friends too. The good news is you don’t have to go through it alone and there are several services available to help you navigate dementia well. 

Anglicare’s Dementia Advisory Services are designed to help people living with dementia and their families navigate the challenges of this condition. In this blog post, we'll offer some practical enabling strategies to empower those living with dementia. We’ll also explore some of the ways Anglicare's Dementia Advisory Services can make a significant difference in the lives of those living with dementia.

Enabling Strategies to Help those Living with Dementia

Dementia enabling strategies are tools to help people with dementia to live as independently and safely as possible while keeping their dignity and happiness. For example: 

Communication: Using simple language, talking slowly, and repeating important information can help people with dementia understand what's going on. 

Environmental adaptations: Changing the physical environment by incorporating clear signs and written instructions to use equipment, adding handrails and clearing clutter to help people with dementia navigate their surroundings and tasks more easily. 

Person-centred care: Supporting someone with dementia based on their needs and likes can help them stay independent and feel good about themselves. 

Cognitive stimulation: Continuing to do activities of daily living and leisure such as puzzles, games and remembering things can help people with dementia stay mentally sharp and enjoy life. 

Medication management: People with dementia may need help taking their medicine on time and in the right way. Carers can provide reminders and help keep track of medications. 

Support for carers: Taking care of someone with dementia can be hard. Providing support and education for carers can help them cope and take better support the person with dementia.

How Anglicare Helps Individuals Live with Independence and Dignity

Living with dementia can be a difficult experience. People living with dementia may struggle with everyday tasks and may become increasingly dependent on others for support. They may also experience feelings of confusion, anxiety, and frustration as they struggle to make sense of their changing world. 

Anglicare Sydney takes a holistic approach to dementia care and support, offering evidence-based programs, therapies, and resources. What sets Anglicare's Dementia Advisory Services apart is the personalised approach to care. We take the time to understand each person's unique needs and preferences and tailor their care accordingly. We also work closely with families to provide support and advice on how to care for people living with dementia. 

Anglicare's Dementia Advisory Services provide support, education, peer groups, and resources for carers.

Our home care services offer person-centred support and promote independence. Our dementia specialist teams provide full-spectrum care at home, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and nursing.

Social and Wellness Centres provide a supportive environment for socialising, activities, and respite care. Our Rhythm of Life® principles prioritise independence, choice, and self-esteem, improving well-being for those living with dementia and their carers.

How to Access Anglicare’s Dementia Advisory Services

No matter what your dementia situation is like, Anglicare offers a range of services to help people living with dementia and their families to live a meaningful and enjoyable life. Here are some of the ways Anglicare helps:

  • Dementia care in your home
  • Dementia care in respite centres
  • Dementia care in residential care homes
  • Additional support services
  • Rhythm of Life

Anglicare Sydney’s Dementia Advisory Services and enabling strategies are essential resources for people living with dementia and their families. We provide personalised care and support and help people with dementia to continue to live meaningful lives. If you or someone you know needs support with dementia, reach out to Anglicare Sydney for help. With the right support, people living with dementia can continue to thrive and enjoy life.

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