Scenario 9: Living well and healthy ageing
Living well with dementia is possible (though it can be challenging).
There are lots of resources to help look after the carer and the person with dementia, which can improve health, well-being and even slow down the progression of dementia.
You can use the "cc function" when sharing information to include other family members in the dementia learning journey, so they can build a stronger support network into the future.
Tasks to complete
Think of a client and his/her carer who you have not yet had a conversation about living well with dementia.
Develop a care plan for them on this subject by following a similar approach as this Scenario. Then a conversation with them about it as needed.
Consider also cc in their secondary carer/s, such as their son and daughter in this conversation.
Living well with dementia
Over time, you notice carer Jane is struggling, and is questioning the meaning of all of this learning and caring as dementia has no cure.
You sympathise/ empathise by acknowledging dementia care is hard and valid her feelings. You also let her know that people can live well with dementia and if you don’t stay on top of it, things can get worse quickly!
For example, it is usually better to prevent than try to “fix” something after it “breaks”.
You both can discuss well-being and some healthy living and aging, including:
Resharing/ resending the Topic “Healthy living and ageing for Bill”
Selectively sharing Sections for her to read in her own time, e.g. regular physical exercise, sleeping well, diet and dementia, remaining engaged with activities and intimacy with Bill.
You could also consider suggesting that these concepts also apply to her and she can benefit from learning about them herself, which may reduce her chance of developing dementia.
In addition, you could also reshare/ resend the Topic "Looking after Jane's health and well-being" as a reminder for self-care, and also check for other local carer support groups to help her.
Cc’ing another person
Jane’s son David is becoming more involved with Bill’s care. You may consider sharing relevant support information with him over time via the "cc function".
As mentioned previously, the more people around Bill and Jane are empowered with dementia knowledge, the more they are likely to be able to support them in the long run.
Note: given the sensitivity of the subject “Intimacy and sexuality for Jane and Bill”, you may share this Section with Jane only, and the rest of the Sections in that Topic with both Jane and David.
The scenarios do not cover all of the content in My Dementia Companion, nor all the ways it could be used. Please keep exploring!
All the information is curated from reputable sources that are designed for people like Jane and Bill. So, assess and if relevant, share with confidence!
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