|Where to from Here?|
Your situation can be very common. The first recommendation we can give you is to get a full medical and dental check-up for your father, to rule out any illness or infection. Also, ensure that his fluid intake is adequate as dehydration can cause a sudden worsening in dementia symptoms.
Your father’s operation may have had an impact as hospital visits can take an emotional toll on people with dementia.It is obviously very important to your father that he remains as independent as possible and we would encourage you to support this for as long as possible.
retirement of your father’s guide dog may also be having an emotional impact on
his wellbeing. When he goes back in his
We all have five main emotional needs and it is especially important that we aim to fulfill these needs in the person with dementia.
Spark of Life 5 Emotional Needs
· To feel needed and useful
· To have the opportunity to care
· To love and be loved
· To have self-esteem boosted
· To have the power to choose
The DCA Team
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