Personal Care

In the early stages, a person with dementia has many abilities and will continue to do lots of the things they always did for themselves.

As dementia progresses, your loved one will need more support to help them to maintain their personal care. Each person's experience with dementia is unique to them. However, it is important to be aware of the things they are begining to find diffiult and to provide support to enable them to comple tasks for themselves. Resist the urge to complete the task for them, rather try to work with your loved one to see how you can help and support.

Having patience and taking time to do activities is important. The tone you use is important and can affect how you make them feel.  Ciara, Waterford.

At some point, your loved one may need a lot of support and so you may need support also. Consider accessing services which may be able to help you both.

For tips and strategies on personal care:

  • Talk to your doctor or Public Health Nurse
  • Talk to other carers, join a Support Group or go online
  • Call our National Helpline at 1800 341 341
  • Read our factsheets.

Booklet: Eating well with dementia
Factsheet: Dressing
Factsheet: Bathing and Washing
Factsheet: Continence Management
Factsheet: Pressure Sores

f you would like printed copies of these factsheets you can contact our Helpline
at 1800 341 341 or email We post copies free of charge to family members and friends with a loved one living with dementia.

More information

About Alzheimer Ireland

The Society was founded in 1982 by a small group of people who were caring for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia. Find out what we docontact us and more

About our services

We offer a range of services for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, their families and carers. All our services operate using the philosophy of person centred care.

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