Show Summary Details
Page of

Supporting the person with dementia and the caregiver 

Supporting the person with dementia and the caregiver
Chapter:
Supporting the person with dementia and the caregiver
Author(s):

Henry Brodaty

and Katrin Seeher

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198779803.003.0011
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 23 January 2021

This chapter addresses the challenges of supporting a person with dementia and his/her caregiver. The level and type of support depend on the disease stage and each person’s individual needs. Raising community awareness and reducing stigma can prompt timely help-seeking and access to clinical assessment. After the diagnosis, clinical management should focus on enabling the person to live as full a life as possible and on maintaining the quality of life of the patient and caregiver. Guidance on life planning and legal matters and referral to a local Alzheimer’s association are helpful. As physical care demands increase, caregivers benefit from practical help, respite services, and continued emotional support, while the person with dementia requires increased supervision, affectionate reassurance, and companionship. The transition into residential care can be traumatic for both the person with dementia and the caregiver. After bereavement of their loved one, caregivers often benefit from support.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.