How to Support Someone With Dementia: 6 Helpful Tips

22 September, 2021  ·  Less than a minute read

Is your loved one living with dementia?



A dementia diagnosis is often followed by a difficult adjustment period as you and your loved one navigate your way through the illness.


It's highly likely that your lives will be affected in many different ways - so, this week, we’re taking a look at how to support someone with dementia:


Use Dementia-Friendly Verbal Communication

Dementia can often affect your loved one’s ability to communicate, and it can also affect their comprehension. This means that you may find it more difficult to have a typical two-way conversation, and you’ll have to find ways to adapt.


When your loved one’s cognitive function is in decline, they may not fully comprehend what you’re trying to say to them, and they may find this overwhelming.



To help them feel at ease, use calm, gentle tones and speak directly to them. If you raise your voice, they'll likely feel uncomfortable and be less receptive. Clear, simple language in a friendly tone will help your loved one to feel relaxed around you.

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Recognise the Importance of Non-Verbal Communication

Non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal; your loved one will feel calmer around you if you show positive body language.


This can be smiling and making eye contact when you speak to them, gently touching their hand, or staying at eye level so your presence doesn’t feel too imposing.

How to Support Someone With Dementia: Helpful Activities

Spending quality time with your loved one and participating in meaningful activities is a great way to support your loved one with their dementia diagnosis.


Art and craft activities can help your loved one be creative. Cutting and glueing, threading beads and using a pencil all help to strengthen the muscles in the hand, improve coordination, and practise patience.


Activities such as gentle sports and movement - going for a walk, playing bowls or dancing, for example - can all help to keep your loved one physically fit and improve their balance, which can help them to stay independent in their later years.


You could try scrapbooking to help your loved one create meaningful keepsakes, and help to sharpen their memory as they recall faces and places from old photographs.
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How Socialising Can Support Someone With Dementia

Another great tip on how to support someone with dementia is to help them socialise. Spending time with others can encourage them to develop their communication skills. It also provides them with the opportunity to engage in conversation and forge new friendships.


Regular visits to a dementia cafe or daycare centre, for example, will give you both the chance to meet like-minded people and enjoy a change of scenery.

How to Support Someone With Dementia: Consider Enlisting the Help of a Carer

You may feel that you want to continue to care for your loved one as much as possible, but it’s important to try and avoid burnout, as this can have detrimental effects on your mental health.


Instead, why not enlist the help of other family members or a professional carer to help relieve the stress? Here at CHD, we have a range of care services to suit your individual needs. With the help of Care at Home, you could have someone pop in for an hour a week, all the way up to live-in, 24-hour care.


This can leave you free to spend more quality time with your loved one, and you can rest in the peace of mind that they will be in good hands.
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Provide Reminders and/or Instructions for Day-to-Day Activities

Your loved one may need a while to come to terms with their dementia diagnosis, and will likely want to retain their independence for as long as possible.


You can support them with this by putting up reminders and instructions around the house, such as how to prepare their meals or to turn the lights out.


If your loved one’s dementia is advanced, you might want to consider other options, such as moving them into a care home. Please feel free to give us a call here at CHD; we’d be happy to talk you through our care services to help you make a decision.


Alternatively, you can read our blog on the life-changing benefits of living in a residential care home.

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