I am now offering therapy to people either in their own or nursing homes who suffer from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
When a loved one who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, is being cared for, and very much loved, by relatives or carers, they very often do not get that special interactive care, that could help them.
It really isn’t always about whether or not that person who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, can speak or physically move. It’s more to do with having someone who can interact with them on a level that is rewarding and pleasurable for them.
It may be music, the therapist helping them to move their limbs, singing, throwing and catching soft balls, holding and touching different objects and smelling different aromas, looking at old photos – that can bring back happy memories,
Getting that person with Alzheimer’s or dementia to join in, at some level, in conversation allows them to have and to enjoy some kind of interaction.
They are not dead, they have needs too. It should not just be about keeping them warm, fed and clean. They need to feel that they are still part of life, can be uplifted and provided with more stimuli rather than just sitting and being nothing.
I really do feel that these poor individual’s lives can be improved by therapy and by interaction. It’s much better than leaving them to sit and wait for the end in what must seem a worthless, uncomfortable, and confusing and at times frightening state of mind.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s is a lonely place and where that person can be with us coherently for a blink of an eye then gone again in a second.
Please, don’t just think that by keeping your loved one clean, warm and feed is all you can give them, as therapy can open up and give them more fulfilling moments.
Even if they forget when I’ve left. They will still be calmer and more content.
Please call me for that first free home visit and together we can discuss the best way of helping your loved one in feeling calm and content instead of angry, frustrated and in many case confused and frightened.