How to create a therapeutic environment for Dementia Patients?

Updated on January 13, 2021

Taking good care of someone with Dementia is very challenging and tough. It takes a lot of patience, time, and energy to comfort them.

Before diving into how you can take care of such patients, here’s an overview of the condition and its effects on humans. You’ll be surprised to know what such patients go through. 

In medical terms, “Dementia is a term associated with loss of memory. This medical condition affects a person’s thinking ability, language, speech, problem-solving skills, etc. Alzheimer’s is considered the most common cause of this mental health condition.

A medical survey confirms that in 2020, 5.8 million Americans of age 65 or older have Alzheimer’s Dementia. 80% of them are aged 75 or more, and almost two-thirds of them are women.

So, what can you do to help your parents and grandparents, who are going through the same condition?

First of all, it is important to maintain and provide a positive environment around such patients. It gives therapeutic vibes and an element of control for patients as well as for the caregivers.

But how can you provide such a positive environment for the patients? Don’t worry. Your search ends here. We have gathered some ideas for you to help your loved ones.

Let’s begin!

  • Combine Comfort with Safety

The physical environment plays a vital role in providing relief to the patients. It has to be safe yet comfortable. This is because they need to feel secured and should be at ease and feel connected to their surroundings. 

You can arrange the furniture to avoid any accidents and keep the surroundings uncluttered. Also, you can go for the clinical approach for the surroundings. It includes installing heating floors so that the patient is associated with warm floors all year round. 

  • Relocation doesn’t have to be a big change.

Living with a dementia patient can be extremely tough for the patient and his/her loved ones. So, you can consider moving the patient into senior home care, where the professionals will work at their best to keep the patient at ease.

In fact, the moving team associated with The Moments Memory Care helps in planning, organizing, cleaning, and packing the patient’s belongings. They have also extended their service by going the extra mile. It includes decorating the interior of the patient’s new suite before he/she moves in. The goal is to make the relocation process as comfortable and positive as possible.

  • Visit Adventure Clubs

Occasional outings and meeting with people can really help in dealing with such mental conditions. It elevates positivity and brings change into the monotonous routine of the patient who is diagnosed with this condition. Regular outings and social interaction also provide a sense of empowerment and independence for the patient. Of course, there is support staff to supervise the activities, so there is nothing to worry about.

To sum it up!

By now, you already know that taking care of dementia patients can be a daunting task. But with these tips, you can provide the care they need to make things better. 

The mind of such patients is already playing tricks on them. But at least you can help them by providing a therapeutic, safe, and comfortable environment for them. Right?

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