A home care provider has published some advice for families and partners on how to celebrate Valentines Day with a loved one experiencing dementia.
Helping Hands, a home care provider with homes in both Alcester and Redditch, has recommended some tips on how to make the day extra special for someone with memory loss.
1. Play music- One way to feel a connection again is to sing, play music or dance with your loved one to their favourite love song. Individuals with dementia can respond positively to songs they connect with, giving them the chance to sing along and reminisce.
2. Plan meals carefully and in advance- If you are planning a meal out, make sure you find a quieter pub or restaurant, as increased noise can be disorientating.
3. Stimulate their senses- Familiar scents can trigger good memories and emotions. Try giving your loved one a bottle of their favourite perfume/cologne or a bouquet of their favourite flowers to evoke the senses and fond memories.
4. Take time to reminisce- Bring out old photographs and look back on fond memories together.
5. Make it personal- Although there many activities that can be beneficial for people living with Dementia, everything depends on personal preference- from the activities you do together to the gift you choose.
For further support and information, please visit the Helping Hands website: www.helpinghandshomecare.co.uk