Samvedna Senior Care has been conducting dementia support group meetings for families regularly for the past 5 years. As a part of our interactions we have come across many caregivers and heard their experience in handling their loved ones. Caring for an individual with dementia can be challenging and at times it can also be overwhelming. Frustration and stress is a normal and valid emotional response to many of the difficulties faced by a caregiver. While some irritation may be a part of everyday life as a caregiver, feeling extreme frustration can have serious consequences for the caregiver or the person they care for. It negatively impacts the caregiver’s physical health and may lead to some serious consequences.
In discussion with various caregivers the following came up as being critical to how they handled the stress factors:
“I accepted my mother and accepted how she will react and say. As a result of acceptance I actually ended up being happy myself. The day I learned to embrace my mother’s health condition was the happiest days of my life”. – Col Yadav, caregiver to his 90 year old mother.
“I had a decent job and I was satisfied with it. Seeing my father’s heath condition I had no other option but to leave my job. Till a point I regretted but seeing my father happy and caring for him in his need makes me feel good and satisfied. It depend how you see your work”. – A daughter
These stress factors in turn lead to negativity and other changes in the personality of the caregiver:
“She knows how to do that work, she cannot do it now”.
Caregiving can take you to a different chapter in life, and there must be a time when you feel guilty of “not doing enough”, you ask “why my parent”. There are some occasions where you overlook your work, inappropriate behavior causes you social embarrassment, you miss the person who is no longer there for you. When you are unsatisfied, it is important to differentiate between what is and what is not within your power to change. Frustration often arises out of trying to change an uncontrollable circumstance. As a caregiver for a person with dementia, you face many situations in normal daily living activities. Unfortunately, we cannot simply change the behavior of a person with dementia so we have to cope according to their needs. Stress among caregivers ultimately affects quality of care that is being provided to the patient.
We often see that caregivers are unprepared to provide care due to inadequate knowledge about care giving along with financial burden and physical and emotional stress. It is important for the caregivers to seek professional help through support group meetings, forums and interacting with counsellors to cope with their stress levels.
Remember the Dementia patient is not giving you a hard time, the dementia patient is having a hard time. – Anonymous
We at Samvedna Senior Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.
Samvedna Senior Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia and hence social interaction, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation. Please call us for more info – Delhi NCR – 98184 21446, 124 4229659 or write to us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Dementia Care services are –
At-home services –
Dementia intervention activities by trained Care Specialists (already mentioned above). These services are available in Delhi NCR. More – http://www.samvednacare.com/
In-Home Trained Attendant Service –
Samvedna Senior Care’s trained in-home attendant service brings to you verified attendants and nurses, specially trained by specialists in elder care and dementia. Our staff is trained to not only take care of your elderly loved one’s physical wellbeing through top class personal care and nursing, but also their emotional wellbeing. The attendants are monitored by our Senior Care Specialists (psychologists and MSWs)
Our service is available across Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. We offer both male and female attendants as per request, for 12 and 24 hour shifts. Know more about our Trained Attendant Services herehttp://www.samvednacare.com/attendant-care-services.
Counselling for Ageing Related Disorders in Anand Niketan, New Delhi –
Studies show that elderly may be more prone to depression and loneliness, which can lead to higher rates of unhappiness. To address this issue, we have designed counselling and therapies for seniors with anxiety, low mood or depression, mild cognitive impairment/ memory difficulties, or dementia. More –https://www.samvednacare.com/counselling
Dementia Cafe, Sector 57 Gurgaon –
From initial stage to advanced stage, all individuals with dementia feel the need for social interaction at times. Our Dementia Cafe is a safe and friendly place for your loved one with dementia to chill and socialize. The cafe is aplace where they will find a fun activity, a warm chair and companionship. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 11-1PM. More – https://www.samvednacare.com/dementia-cafe
Cognitive Wellness Programme, Sector 57 Gurgaon –
Samvedna’s Cognitive Wellness Programme is designed for seniors with mild cognitive impairment, early dementia or Parkinson’s,and elderly lacking in enthusiasm and motivation. The aim is to stimulate the mind of the elderly to slow the progression of the disease or impairment. The sessions are 3 days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11AM-1PM. More – https://www.samvednacare.com/cognitive-wellness-programme
Dementia Support Group –
Our Dementia Support group in Delhi NCR is a platform for caregivers to share feelings and support each other. More – https://www.samvednacare.com/dementia-support-group