How to tell your loved ones you have dementia

By 03/12/2023Advice
Carers for dementia

At Bright Care, our Carers for dementia have extensive experience in supporting those with the condition. We understand that finding out you have dementia can be an upsetting time and sharing this news with your family and friends may result in a challenging conversation. Here is our advice on how to manage the conversation when telling your loved ones about your dementia diagnosis. 

We understand that choosing to share your diagnosis with others is a personal decision. However, telling those you are closest to can help to take some of the pressure off yourself. Although accepting help can be hard for many people, the end result of your family being able to offer their support can be immensely beneficial.

It is important that when you hold the conversation to tell those you love that you have dementia, it takes place without interruptions, so choose the time and place carefully. This will allow everyone involved enough time to absorb the news and ask questions. It can be helpful to have a trusted friend or healthcare professional with you for support.

To ensure your loved ones fully understand the situation, try to use simple and straightforward language and to avoid medical jargon. We also suggest that you provide some basic information about what dementia is and what it means for you. Perhaps ask your GP for some leaflets to help you to explain dementia symptoms and what to expect in the future. 

Together, you and your loved ones can develop plans for managing the condition, such as medical treatment, support groups, lifestyle changes and implementing care. Talk about your wishes for the future, including any preferences for living arrangements, such as in-home care from a specialist Carer of dementia. Address practical matters, such as legal and financial planning, while you are still able to actively participate.

It is important that all of those involved in the conversation are able to share their feelings about the diagnosis. Be prepared for mixed reactions, as your loved ones are likely to feel upset and anxious. Allow them time to absorb the news and allow them space to work through their emotions. Let them know that it is okay to ask questions and be open and honest in responding to their concerns.

We have lots of help and advice finding the right elder care and specialist dementia care on our website:

 

When telling your loved ones you have dementia, remember that everyone’s situation is unique and there is no perfect way of sharing a dementia diagnosis. If you are anxious in navigating this challenging conversation, you can seek guidance from healthcare professionals, or dementia support organisations can provide further assistance.

 

For further support and information on dementia and Alzheimer’s we recommend these websites:

 

Why choose Bright Care’s specialist Carers for dementia?

If you need specialist dementia care for yourself or a loved one, Bright Care can support you. We offer in-home Carers for dementia that focus on building meaningful relationships and establishing trust, to provide peace of mind for families who cannot always be there to care for their loved ones. If you would like to know more about the in-home dementia care we offer to those in their later years, please get in touch with our expert team. 

We are currently recruiting exceptional Carers for dementia patients. We offer a competitive salary and good benefits. If you would like to join our team providing tailored in-home care and companionship, please apply now.

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