Caring ‘angels’ are a lifeline
Caring for a person with dementia is exceptionally demanding.
As this disease progresses the person is living in a different reality to ours and their perception of things in the world around them can be distorted.
As a result they may become confrontational and resistant to support.
Due to the disorientation in time and space that accompanies dementia, the person may be confused about day and night and get lost easily, thus the primary carer is literally on the lookout 24/7 and often gets very little sleep.
Considering that many of the primary carers are spouses who are elderly and sometimes physically frail themselves, the care of their loved one takes its toll on them.
There are a few special people who volunteer their time to go into the home and be with the person with dementia so that their spouse/primary carer has a break.
Some of the carers use this time to have a haircut, see the doctor themselves or do their shopping, whilst others just take the opportunity to jump onto the bed and have a good solid sleep.
Alzheimers Waikato are always in need of people who are willing to give a few hours of their time so support our families in this way. If you would like to volunteer your time please ring 0800 004 001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month so preparations are under way for the street appeal from September 16-21. Your time would be greatly valued by the organisation to assist with the collection of donations outside Countdown Matamata on Wednesday, September 18, through to Friday, September 20. Phone Adrienne on (07) 929 4042.