Dementia Care

In the synchronistic way that things often happen it has come to my attention recently that when one gets to ‘a certain age’ one is sometimes challenged by meeting, living with, caring for or in other ways needing to relate to someone with dementia.
About 18 months ago I had occasion to need some help with a relative and found a wonderful book by Bernie McCarthy, “Hearing the Person with Dementia – A Person-Centred Approach to Communication for Families and Caregivers”.
If you find yourself in this position I can strongly recommend this book; it is full of useful, enlightening information about how the brain works, or not, in the person with dementia. Bernie’s talks about what to expect in terms of behaviour and mental health states, and how to deal with that as and when it arises. Also, about how to respect the person with dementia when it comes to more practical self-care tasks like bathing and toileting. There is also lots of self-help advice and tips about caring for the carer (you!), finding and valuing your limitations, and working within them for your own sake and that of other family members and friends.
I hope you find the book as useful as I did.
Warm regards,
Annette

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About Annette Ansell

Annette Ansell Helping you create a better future for yourself I am a Client-Centred counsellor/psychotherapist with 18 years experience of working with individuals and couples. I work from my consulting rooms in Fleet Street, EC4, within The City of London, near the Royal Courts of Justice, the Old Bailey and financial hub of London. I also have a private practice in Hook Norton, Oxfordshire. Pic believe that we are all unique and therefore the only real experts on ourselves. I believe we can all be trusted to find our own way through our problems, anxieties and life crises if we are listened to empathically, non-judgementally, with a non-directive approach and willingness from the therapist to put herself fully into attempting to understand and empathise with what our situations are like for us, and what our individual meanings and experiences truly are. The power of witnessing someone's story should never to be underestimated.

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