Care UK has published a free new guide to help families caring for a loved one living with dementia.
The publication, As Easy as ABC, brings together 100 practical suggestions from specialist teams working in care homes across the country aimed at those caring for someone in their own home and those who want to make the most of their visits to loved ones who have moved into residential care.
From the best way to make breakfast to ways to use You Tube to trigger memories of household products, packaging and advertisements from the past the guide gives practical advice on everyday ways to support and maintain quality of life.
Ideas range from craft activities and games the whole family can join in with and suggestions for ways to spark memories and conversations, to ways to make the most of meals together and simple changes at home that can make a big difference.
Care UK puts these ideas – a philosophy of Activity Based Care – into practice in 107 care homes in England and Scotland. But the suggestions, from simple ways to help someone maintain their independence to how to make the most of special occasions and days out, are just as valuable for families supporting and caring for a loved one in their own home.
Deirdre Timney, Care UK’s expert on Activity Based Care, said: “Thousands of people around the country are caring for a friend or loved one who is living with dementia, and many of them will never have access to any kind of training or support.
“This book is designed to offer real-life examples and practical hints and tips about how to care for someone and some of them may be a surprise – for example, we suggest that sometimes, taking a step back and doing a little less can be the best way to help someone keep their independence.
“We’ve included a wide range of ideas, from simply reminiscing over old photos to gentle exercise and how to manage trips out.”
National Care Home Open Day has been developed by a number of leading care providers and has been designed to let visitors see what care homes are really like and to help build new links in with their local communities.