Tips on good care

Not sure what you’re doing as a carer? This section is here to give you the knowledge and skills to care with confidence.

Tips on good care

Not sure what you’re doing as a carer? This section is here to give you the knowledge and skills to care with confidence.

Introduction

The pages in this section look at the different things you can do to help someone with dementia live as well as possible. It includes general tips on things like making the house safer, communicating, and finding suitable activities, as well as tips on day-to-day activities, such as washing, eating, or going to the lavatory.

These tips come from the experiences of hundreds of people who have cared for people with dementia in the past. Feel free to add your comments to the bottom of any page if you have strategies that worked for you!

Dementia will sometimes make the person you care for behave in a way that can be challenging to deal with. You might not be sure how to react if someone with dementia becomes angry, or repeats themselves, or gets up in the night and walks around. For tips on how to deal with these different issues, take a look at our section on managing caring challenges.

General tips on good care

These pages cover general things you can do to help someone with dementia live well.

Maintaining independence

This page looks at how to keep your loved one as independent as possible, and when it might be time to consider taking over or giving something up.

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Maintaining good health

Looks at what good health involves, things to keep an eye on, and how to get regular health check ups.

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Making the home safer

Tips on how to make the home “dementia friendly” and help someone with dementia move around the house more easily and avoid falls.

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Setting routines

Looks at the benefits of a good routine and gives tips on making one for you and the person you care for.

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Tips on activities

Tips and suggestions on activities suitable for someone with dementia at each stage of their journey.

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Using memory aids

This page looks at different examples of memory aids and how they can help.

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Communicating well

This page covers tips on communicating with someone with dementia, including using non-verbal communication.

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Avoiding arguments

Almost everyone will get into an argument with the person they care for at some point. This page looks at different strategies for avoiding arguments.

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Practical tasks

As part of your caring role you might be helping them with eating, cooking, washing, or going to the lavatory. These pages offer some tips on best practice from the experiences of other carers.

Dressing

This page looks at common difficulties with getting dressed and how you can help.

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Washing and bathing

Tips on making washing easier and what to do if the person you care for doesn’t want to bathe or shower.

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Going to the lavatory

Covers various difficulties with using the toilet and getting to it in time, and what you can do.

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Eating

This page looks at the different reasons someone might have difficulties with eating and how these can be addressed.

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Cooking

Tips on making the kitchen safer for someone with dementia and how to encourage them stay involved.

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Going out and shopping

Covers the benefits of carrying on going out and seeing people and what you can do to help someone with dementia.

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