Caring for people with dementia at home.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Dementia (Care and treatment)
Caregivers (Practice)
Caregivers (Family)
Pub Date: 07/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: July, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 6
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 262691471
Full Text: More than 40,000 people in New Zealand have some form of dementia. But there are another 50,000 people whose lives are also affected: the family caregivers who work each day caring for loved ones who are no longer able to care for themselves.

In response to these figures, the organisation Home Instead Senior Care has published a guide to help caregivers who may feel isolated and overwhelmed by their responsibilities of caring for someone with dementia at home.

Dementia Care at Home: A Guide for Family Caregivers has been compiled by a registered psychiatric nurse from Dublin, Joanne Flood, who has had 11 years' experience in dementia care. In addition to explaining some of the basic facts about the different forms of dementia, the 20-page booklet looks at practical ways of dealing with some of the most common issues associated with dementia, eg challenging behaviours, and includes a number of case studies. It also gives an insight into how the person with dementia feels and reacts to certain situations so the caregiver can better understand their behaviour. The free booklet includes Flood's top ten tips for dealing with dementia symptoms.

A copy of the guide can be downloaded from
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