As you might already be aware or are about to discover, there are many layers of experiences involved throughout the time you are supporting someone with dementia. There is the opportunity for brand new experiences that are fulfilling, happy, healing and joyful. Intermingled with these experiences will be those that are frustrating, tiring, sad and challenging too. There are some things that may make these experiences a little easier and provide some reassurance. Some of the best tools we have to understand the experience of dementia for the person with dementia is our observation, empathy and insight. Looking after yourself is a key consideration when supporting a person with dementia.Taking care of yourself, your health and your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing are integral. Not forgetting that you are important too, and valuing your experience and needs will help sustain you. In this section, you will find links to information that will help you with practical tips for supporting and understanding a person with dementia along with some information to help you maintain your health and wellbeing.
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