21 – 27 May is Dementia Action Week. This is a great opportunity to improve the everyday lives for people living with dementia. You can do many simple things around the home, and maybe even in your work, so we have created a short list to inspire you during Dementia Action Week.
Tip 1 – Eating
If you want to encourage someone to eat, remember that their food preferences may change over time. Finger foods can also be ideal for those who struggle with cutlery. Afternoon tea anyone?
Tip 2 – Drinking
It might be helpful to leave out cues to remind the person with dementia to drink. For example, you could try leaving a water jug in their line of sight. If the water jug is clear, you could add some coloured cordial to make it easier for them to see. In the kitchen, leave out the essentials like the kettle, tea bags and mugs. Keeping hydrated can reduce dehydration, which can lead to delirium.