Managing Time When Caring For a Client With Dementia

Caring for a client with dementia can be a real challenge. There is a long list of tasks on your “to-do” list. You are expected to smile and remain professional at all times, even when the client is having a difficult day and being resistant to care. Add these expectations to an already hectic schedule of being a caregiver for another client elsewhere, taking care of yourself and others, and it spells S-T-R-E-S-S in capital letters.

When you have so much going on in your mind, it can sometimes become overwhelming. Feeling overwhelmed can make one feel as though they are not performing well enough to complete the tasks required of them. That feeling is not uncommon with caregivers. The demands of caregiving can be exhausting and overwhelming, particularly when caring for a client with dementia.

Here are some tips for powering through:

  1. Remember That You Are Human
    As hard as you may try to be, you are not Wonder Woman. It’s okay to have limitations. Everyone has them! Remember, you can only do so much. With that in mind you will be able to embrace what you are able to accomplish. You can’t do everything. So, be the best at the things that you’re able to do!
  2. Remember Your #1 Priority
    The safety of your client is your number one priority. Making sure that their needs are met is what you are called, and trained, to do. Anything outside of that is above and beyond. Your client and their family will need you to be fully present with them so don’t try to exceed your limitations. This is important to remember as a home health caregiver, but it is essential when your client has dementia.
  3. Prioritize Your Duties for the Day
    If you feel overwhelmed by your duties for the day, it is sometimes helpful to create a list. Staying on task can be challenging especially if your client is having a day that requires extra assistance and attention. Try to keep a routine, such as showering, dressing and meals at the same time each day. Also, try to plan activities at the same time each day.

Dementia can be scary for everyone involved. This includes the family, the client and the caregiver. Taking time to organize your thoughts and actions can be very helpful.
At Allcare Home Health Agency, Inc. we strive to equip our caregivers with everything that you need to feel organized and prepared to provide quality assistance to your client while managing the stress that sometimes comes with caregiving. We are here for you in your journey for service. Apply today!