Caring for a resident with dementia

Residents with dementia may not be able to tell people if they have pain or other problems. Residential aged care staff use assessment tools and guidelines, as well as their experience and knowledge of each person, to help them know when a resident is in pain, or if their pain is getting worse. These tools help residential aged care staff to give residents the right care at the right time. Families can talk to residential aged care staff about the kind of assessment tools they use to help plan the care of residents.

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If you are worried about your relative or their care, it is a good idea to talk to the staff. This helps them ensure your relative’s comfort and to keep you up to date. Staff can also direct you to local supports that you may find helpful.

Difficulty eating and drinking

Family and friends can find the decline of a relative very distressing. Seeing the person changing, families often worry that they are not receiving enough to eat and drink. They may notice that their family member has lost weight. Understanding the reasons why a person with advanced dementia loses weight can be helpful. The booklet Weight Loss in Advanced Dementia (1.24 MB pdf) has useful information. The video, Effects of advanced dementia, provides tips on how to safely help the resident eat and drink, this also gives advice about how to cope when a person stops eating and drinking.

Last updated 31 January 2017