02 May 2017

The Importance Of Keeping Those With Dementia Occupied

The Importance Of Keeping Those With Dementia Occupied

Somebody with dementia can have a tendency to wander when they’re bored, which is why keeping them occupied is so important. It’s also good to keep those with Alzheimer's condition busy so that they don’t become overly anxious or stressed out, leading to violent or agitated outbursts. Because those living with dementia often struggle to express themselves verbally, activities can be a great way to help them express how they are feeling, preventing feelings of frustration and anger.

When it comes to caring for those with dementia, it’s important to ensure that they have plenty to keep them occupied. With that in mind, below are some ideas and suggestions for ways that you can keep residents with dementia occupied and content, improving their quality of life.

Create a sensory space: For people with cognitive impairment, such as those journeying with dementia, sensory spaces can be highly beneficial. This is because they are specially designed to stimulate the senses, and as so many of our memories are linked to our senses, this can help residents with dementia reconnect with memories that were long forgotten. From sensory rooms made up of fiber optic lights, different textured materials, and different sounds to sensory gardens made up of fragrant herbs and unique textured plants, there are various sensory options to choose from.

Give them a busy blanket: During the later stages of dementia, clients with dementia can begin to fidget and are always looking for things to do with their hands, which is why busy blankets can be so useful. Those who are looking for something to hold and play with, busy blankets can help to comfort and calm them. These unique blankets have buttons, zips, laces, toggles, ribbons, and all sorts attached to them, and can be customised for each individual.

Teach them to use a tablet: Many people have reported that just like young children can effectively learn to use tablets, so can people with dementia - it’s just a case of being patient with them. Once anyone with dementia has got to grips with how a tablet works, they can easily keep themselves entertained on them looking at photos, watching videos, and even playing games. It has been reported that looking at old photos can help those with dementia connect with memories that have been lost for years, so tablets can be a great way to keep residents occupied.

Encourage creativity: As mentioned above, people who live with dementia tend to have trouble expressing themselves. This means that when it comes to sharing how they are feeling, they often struggle to express themselves, which leads to frustration and sometimes angry or violent outbursts. However, research has shown that creative activities like painting, colouring, clay sculpting, baking, and other activities can help them to express themselves, reducing the stress and anxiety that they feel because they can’t explain how they’re feeling.

There you have it, a range of ideas for occupying those on a journey with their dementia.

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