Staying Active with Dementia
An Alzheimer’s Society survey revealed that 69% of people with dementia said that the main reason they stop going out is a lack of confidence. Dementia can have a very isolating effect on people living with the condition. People often need the support and encouragement from other friends, family members and carers to give them the confidence to remain part of the community, staying active and lead more fulfilled lives.
Another survey carried out in 2013 sought to determine what activities people with dementia found important, whether they carried them out independently or with friend, family member or carer. The top 5 listed were:
• being able to travel
• going to shops
• running errands
• visiting places of worship
• managing day-to-day tasks
Being able to carry on with daily tasks and routines brings a sense of normality and achievement and although they may seem trivial to most, those with dementia rely on the support to help carry on with their lives as independently as possible.
At The Service Tree we offer a regular home support service. The home support package may include some of the following: companionship, help with routine tasks, meal preparation, light housework, shopping, medication prompts, games or activity partner or accompanying to appointments or on outings and can be tailored to suit the individual. This enables the people we care for to carry on living as independently as possible making our customers’ lives easier, whilst remaining in control and comfortable in their own homes.