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Maintaining quality of life through comfort

What is comfort?

We all like to be comfortable, but as we saw at the beginning of this week comfort means different things to different people.

Comfort has an impact on quality of life. The more comfortable we are, the more likely we are to have a good quality of life. Think about how much better you feel when you’re comfortable, and how being comfortable can lift or brighten your mood. Comfort essentially refers to having our physical and emotional needs met, whether that’s a need for a lie down, a cup of tea, a safe home, pain relief, or sleep.

Imagine not being able to find comfort, not being able to explain what you want or need. This can become a reality for people living with dementia, particularly as symptoms become more advanced. Planning ahead for this situation, knowing the things that provide comfort to someone and knowing their needs and preferences can make a big difference to how they feel and their quality of life.

In the next step, we help you to take some first practical steps towards future planning and ensuring comfort for the person you support.

Next week, we will look at ensuring comfort in more detail. We will be looking at what factors impact comfort and what people might need in order to feel comfortable.

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Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresses

Newcastle University