No shame in asking for help with dementia care

Better Understanding Dementia
with Ruth Thomas from EnlivenPlus

 We all need help at some point, but when a loved one has dementia that help is even more important.

Over the years I’ve met so many people who feel they have to struggle on without help because they feel embarrassed or a failure and that there’s no point in asking for help as dementia is a one-way street. While no-one is going to be cured of their dementia, there is so much that can be done to make caring for, and living with, dementia easier.

Asking for help can be hard, but it can also be rewarded with knowledge, support and camaraderie of a shared struggle.

Most people are surprised to learn many others are ‘in the same boat’ and have gone, or are going through, the same challenges. By asking for help, you can receive many hints and tips for the daily struggle of caring for a loved one with dementia. Each person is different, but often the challenges are familiar. 

The stigma associated with dementia is reducing, but we also need to reduce the amount of ‘coping-in-isolation’ that remains commonplace. Getting the support you need helps build your inner strength as well as your ability and confidence to cope.

If you’d like to chat about coping with caring for a loved one with dementia, give me a call.

Ruth Thomas, EnlivenPlus. Phone: 07 547 4349. EnlivenPlus provides specialist dementia care from $60.

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