Every person living with dementia will do it differently. It’s like a dance, some days the moves are smooth and in time to the music intertwining with life seamlessly. And then there are days when you dance with dementia and it’s clumsy and out of sync with the people and the world around you.
Within the industry you would have read that there are stages and phases of dementia. At Group Homes Australia we prefer to encourage families and those living with dementia to take each day as it comes, celebrating cherished moments and working through the challenging situations one day at a time, because no two people’s unfolding story are the same. There is no one size fits all approach to a persons diagnosis. The changes for someone living with dementia are not linear.
As a person dances with dementia, there will be parts of their life story that they will remember and parts that will peel away as their journey progresses. Dementia doesn’t only impact memory, it will impact every facet and layer of life. It’s important to note that when we talk about a person living with dementia, we are referring to two people: the person with the diagnosis and their care partner. The care partner needs as much love and attention as the person with the diagnosis. Sometimes the care partner can go under noticed and forgotten, because the focus is on the person with the diagnosis. Remember to take care of yourself and reach out to people that care.
At Group Homes Australia we will focus on celebrating each day and adapting to the ongoing changes.
If we can assist with answering any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Resident Relations Manager for support on 1300 953 196 or email Group Homes Australia Home Support Office. The Group Homes Australia (GHA) care model is firmly built on the belief that people living with dementia thrive in a home environment. GHA homes are ordinary homes, on ordinary suburban streets, where 6 to 10 residents live together. Residents have 24-hour care, provided by a team of staff that we call ‘Homemakers’.