My home, my life

Many people with dementia want to live in the familiar comfort of their own home and maintain engagement with their community. My home, my life is a new book and online forum to share practical ideas for people living with dementia.

There are a lot of people out there searching for answers who also have great ideas and advice - that’s why we have created this online forum. It’s a place for people to share their experiences, hear stories and ideas from others, and engage with a community that’s dedicated to supporting each other.

If you’re living with dementia or are a carer, there are others who want to hear about your experience. Is there an approach that works for you? Do you have a question you’d love to ask others?

From ways to enjoy life at home to being active outdoors, finding creative outlets and staying active – everyone wants to hear what you have to say. And any ideas you share could be included in the next edition of My home, my life!

 

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HammondCare’s My home, my life also offers more than 280 practical tips for people living with dementia, bringing together the voice of people with dementia and carers with the best learning from research and care experience to provide insight, strategy and real-life stories to support greater independence.

 

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Bianca
My biggest and most successful tip for my clients is to purchase a simple slow cooker (with the knob, not the new electric dial type, so that you can add a timer if you need to) such as this one – it is a wonderful tool that can provide meaningful activity all day – preparing meat and / or veggies together to cook, and many stirring opportunities whilst the slow cooker does its job during the day, then enabling true appreciation to be expressed for the person living with dementia’s assistance to make dinner at the end of the day. It works so well – also enables the supportive partner to be able to make bulk servings for freezing and reheating when the day has been too long to think about preparing dinner.
It is also wonderful for people living with dementia who are living on their own – allowing formal or informal carers to prepare a meal in the am for the pm meal – with a simple timer that can be attached to ensure that the crockpot has turned off prior to the next visit the next day.

Teresa
I have been supporting my mother who is living with dementia until recently.
What worked well for mum was if I wrote on a notepad, the day, date and what was happening that day. She crossed it off as each thing happened. This notebook always was on the coffee table near where she sat in her lounge chair. eg
"On Thursday, 26/07/2018, Anglicare will take to you Day Respite in the bus. Be ready by 9:00 am".
I also had a large clock with the day and date and time which helped with the orientation.
As I was not a live in carer, I would call about 15 min Anglicare would arrive to ensure she was ready.

The other tip I have is to take a photo of the person with dementia with their care workers. Put the photos near the door so that the person with dementia becomes more familiar with who the carers are who are to come into their home.

The Dementia Centre Team
Thank you very much for sharing your tips Teresa. It is really helpful to know what has worked well for your mum.