Managing caring challenges

Over time, dementia can cause the person you care for to start behaving in challenging ways. From problems with sleeping and recognising faces to repetitiveness, delusions and even aggression, these kinds of behaviours can be upsetting to deal with. You’ve probably never had to deal with this kind of problem before, and it can feel like you’ve lost the person you care for.

This section is full of practical tips on how to respond to these situations. These tips come from other carers’ experiences of what has worked for them in the past. You might find your own solution.

Managing caring challenges

Over time, dementia can cause the person you care for to start behaving in challenging ways. From problems with sleeping and recognising faces to repetitiveness, delusions and even aggression, these kinds of behaviours can be upsetting to deal with. You’ve probably never had to deal with this kind of problem before, and it can feel like you’ve lost the person you care for.

This section is full of practical tips on how to respond to these situations. These tips come from other carers’ experiences of what has worked for them in the past. You might find your own solution.

Independence

These pages cover the practical difficulties that dementia can cause, leading to a loss of independence.

Travel

Tips on helping someone with dementia with different modes of transportation, and how to prepare for travelling abroad.

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Driving

Looks at what the person you care for should do after diagnosis, and what you can do if you think they should stop driving.

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Falls

Information on how to prevent someone with dementia from suffering frequent falls, including ways to make the home safer.

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Emotional issues

These pages cover emotional issues that are not necessarily caused directly by symptoms of dementia.

Loneliness

Tips on helping someone who feels isolated, with suggestions of support services that could help break their isolation.

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Depression

This page looks at how dementia might lead to depression, how to spot the signs of depression, and what you can do.

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Social stigma

Covers different situations where the person you care for might experience negative reactions from others, and what you can do.

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Challenging behaviour

These pages cover different behaviours that can result from living with dementia and how best to respond.

Drinking and smoking

This page covers common issues with drinking and how to make the house safer for someone with dementia who smokes.

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Walking about

Explores different reasons why someone with dementia might appear to be walking about and different solutions you could try.

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Being uncooperative

Covers how to make things run more smoothly when someone with dementia doesn’t want to do what you suggest.

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Sleeping

Looks at why dementia can result in problems with sleep and what you can do to help.

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Repetitiveness

This page looks at both repetitive speech and repetitive actions, and how to respond in each situation.

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Insecurity

This page looks at why someone with dementia might start to become more insecure, and what you can do to help.

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Delusions and accusations

Looks at how to deal with situations when someone believes things that aren’t true, or accuses you of doing things you haven’t done.

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Aggression and violence

Explores the different causes of aggression in someone with dementia, and what a good response looks like.

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Problems with recognition

Covers what to do (and what not to do) if someone with dementia has trouble recognising faces or names.

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