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