When you’re caring for someone with dementia, there’s nothing you can do about it

When I was a care worker with dementia in the UK, it was difficult for me to be around my patients for too long.

There was a sense of dread that I was not doing enough to help them.

When I returned to work at the age of 70, I had the courage to ask for the support I needed.

I was supported by my colleagues and I was able to go on a long-term project with a local nursing home that offered me a range of training.

I became the first female care worker to earn a degree in nursing and was the first woman to be awarded a nursing certificate in Scotland.

But my experience of caring for the elderly in the community made me realize that caring for people with dementia has a number of different challenges and that it is not something that I can just be able to do. 

The challenges of caring For me, caring for a dementia patient has been a challenge.

I have worked in hospices, assisted living homes and nursing homes, and as a care home care worker in rural areas, I’ve had to work with many people who have been suffering with dementia.

In some cases, they have dementia but they do not have a physical disability.

I’ve worked with people with cerebral palsy and hearing loss, and have seen many people with Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other illnesses.

My job is to help people who are in my care and who have physical and mental health challenges, and they have a lot of support and support to help with that.

I know that it can be tough.

When people have dementia, they often have difficulty communicating and can be very anxious.

It’s important that they can be heard and understood, and I work to help make sure that they have the support they need. 

I’m not the only person to have been a carer with dementia I’m not alone in my experience.

I work with elderly people in my community, but I have to ask my colleagues if I should take part in a nursing programme, or if they should be doing a day-to-day nursing programme.

If they are, I want to be able be there with them as much as possible, and to make sure they get the care that they need, whether they need it for the rest of their lives or not. 

It’s a challenging situation for me because I am not physically disabled, and my colleagues are also not physically able to help me. 

A caring role in a dementia community One of the things that I learned is that when you are caring for an elderly person, you have to work together with your colleagues.

There’s a whole team approach to dementia care.

You have to be respectful of their wishes, and that’s something that can be difficult.

When you do have a disability, people with disabilities can be at the same level of care, but they have different skills and needs and you have got to work in a team environment.

I think that the most important thing for me is that I do my best to be a part of the care work and I am proud of what I do.

It can be a very challenging role for me, and it can feel very lonely.

I am very grateful to the carers in my local community for supporting me.

It gives me a lot to offer. 

What are your thoughts? 

If you or anyone you know needs help with dementia or living with dementia you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Samaritans on 116 123.

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