What should home care workers do for clients with dementia?

About 65% of Australians with dementia live in the community, so home care can be an important part of continuing to lead a fulfilling life.

During Dementia Action Week, September 19 – 25, Dementia Australia is calling on everyone in the community to discover that a little of the right support makes a big difference.

Below are some tips and tricks that help home care workers make a big difference in the lives of clients with dementia.

But first, why is Dementia Action Week important?

Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prestige Inhome Care, Nick McDonald, said it is important to raise awareness of the disease through Dementia Action Week and has his own experience of the condition through his mother, who was diagnosed with dementia .

“As someone who has lost a mother to this terrible disease, and walked next to her… that horrible journey, I know there are many ways we can improve people’s lives living with dementia and their families,” said Mr McDonald.

“Awareness of dementia leads to better understanding and informs people to better respond to the behavior and symptoms.

“Better understanding helps reduce the stress of families and carers and the experience they have with dementia.”

The more the community is aware of dementia, the more negative stigmatization will also be reduced and the more avenues will be opened to interact positively with people with dementia.

So what can you, as a home care worker, do to improve your interactions with clients with dementia?

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