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Tips for Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Nov 12, 2018

Tips for Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s can be an incredibly difficult disease, not only for the diagnosed individual, but also for their family and friends. If you’ve recently been tasked with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a quick list of tips to assist you along the way.

Tips for Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease
Be Patient

It’s important to remember when helping someone with Alzheimer’s that tasks may take longer than what you’re accustomed to. Allow the person dealing with Alzheimer’s to take frequent breaks and try to schedule additional time for basic tasks so that you and your loved one don’t become unnecessarily frustrated.

Offer Options

Just because someone has Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean that all of their decisions have to be made for them. Try to involve the individual when it comes to making basic decisions so that they feel as if they’re still able to do certain tasks on their own.

Offer Simple Instructions

Avoid complicated instructions. Individuals with Alzheimer’s will do best with simple, one step commands.

Establish Routines

To reduce frustration, attempt to setup a daily routine. Keep in mind that certain tasks should be scheduled when the person is most alert. Always allow some flexibility surrounding any routine to allow for spontaneous activities.

Reduce Distractions

It’s best to limit distractions if you’re attempting to complete certain tasks with an individual with Alzheimer’s. Distractions make it difficult for anyone to focus, especially those dealing with Alzheimer’s.

Create a Safe Environment

Alzheimer’s can increase a person’s risk of injury due to impaired judgement and problem solving skills. To create a safer environment be sure to keep the following tips in mind:

  • Use Locks – Be sure to lock any cabinets that may contain dangerous items.
  • Prevent Falls Avoid using items like extension cords, throw rugs and any clutter that may cause a person to fall. Use handrails or grab bars in areas where falls may be possible such as in bathrooms and around any areas with steps.
  • Check Water Temperature – Reduce the temperature on the hot water heater to help prevent burns.

 

We Commend You for Your Compassionate Care

At Westminster Memory Care, we understand firsthand the difficulties that can arise when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. We commend your efforts and know that while each day may have its difficult moments, we’re confident that deep down your loved one is appreciative of everything you do.

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