Care of the Older Person


The importance of care in the community for a person with dementia

Having viewed the video of 89 year old Betty Davis diagnosed with dementia, I realise   how important it is that people who suffer with dementia, where possible be cared for in the community, as they are   likely to become upset and confused and accident prone when confronted with strange/new or unfamiliar settings.
Care workers provide an essential role in ensure that people suffering with dementia can continue to be cared for in their own home.
Dementia is a health condition rather than the natural progression of age. It involves the progressive degeneration of brain function. Due to the progressive nature of the condition caring for the individual with this conditions becomes increasingly difficult for the person themselves and their carers.
Where possible it is most beneficial for dementia sufferers to be cared for in the familiar surroundings of their own home where familiar routines can be followed. Professional care workers have transformed the lives of family carers, without their invaluable help and support the carers would be minding their loved one twenty four hours a day seven days a week.
Providing care at home is perhaps the most delicate of care situation there is. It enables the service user to stay at home with their spouse or family.   The care worker don’t go to somebody’s home and immediately take control and do things their way, it is most important to get to know the family and work with them.

The core crucial characteristics of a person caring for an individual with dementia

Professional care workers must enjoy caring for others and posses the ability to work with the client and their family. It is important that family wishes are respected and where possible accommodated.
The role of the professional care worker is challenging requiring dedication, personal strength, patience, and a sense of humour. The...