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Advice for families caring for a loved one with dementia

Posted on 14/04/2014

It can be incredibly difficult when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, especially when it is your partner or your parent.

Whether you are caring for them in your own home, or you visit them regularly in their own home or residential care setting, it can be difficult to know what to do for the best, what kinds of activities to try and how to help them stay active.

Activity Based Care (ABC) is a system used by Care UK, a leading health and social care provider in the UK that runs care homes and offers support for people in the community. It ensures that people are able to continue living fulfilling lives, participating in activities based on their own hobbies and interests. These activities don’t have to be complex, as sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most effective.

Many of the ideas that Care UK uses with its clients can be used by families when they are visiting or caring for their loved ones. Ideas such as baking together, buying familiar items, arts and crafts, getting online and more can really help your loved one to feel connected and independent.

Care UK has put together a useful booklet with 100 ideas for using ABC in your family.

Download Care UK’s Top 100 Hints and Tips for Activity Based Care (PDF)

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