How can I help?
In supporting someone with ARBD, it is important to try and be as non-judgemental as possible. You should also be supported by healthcare professionals and know what is happening as part of the individual's ongoing care. If the person has not yet sought treatment, try to encourage them to visit their GP and explain why getting treatment is so important and how it can help improve their condition. This page offers some tips for how to help with day-to-day support, how to care for someone who has ARBD as well as some handy forms that can be used as a template for record keeping.
• Adapt communication style to meet possible lower cognitive abilities (e.g. shorten sentences)
• Break down tasks and demands, making sure that they are not overly complicated
• Avoid giving too much information in one go as this is likely to overload their ability to process
• Keep to a routine where possible with activities on the same day of the week and at the same time to build memory skills
• Try and be involved in treatment where possible and encourage the individual to understand more about ARBD
Caring for someone with ARBD
It may feel frustrating to deal with someone who has ARBD at times. It is important for you to remember that the ARBD may make it difficult for the individual to remember things that you have told them.
It may be helpful for you to attend appointments with the person you are supporting, and recall what was said in the appointment with them afterwards to help them remember important information.
Encourage a Routine
Use the grid to keep track of any tasks or activities that you have planned for this week. Write a description of the task with enough detail and then write the time that the task needs to be completed under the name of the day of the week that it needs doing. The first line is an example to give you an idea of what this might look like.
Use the space to list the name and contact details of those who are involved in the care plan or a person or service who may be useful. A number of possible key contacts are already listed.
Use the space to list any upcoming appointments. Make a note of who you’re seeing, where the appointment is, and why you have the appointment.
To help keep track of current medication useage, use the form to list any current medications that are taken and how often they need to be taken.