Our caregivers are part of your “Care Team” which includes family, friends, medical support, and community resources. Be it respite care for the family caregiver, or ongoing support with daily caregiving, we are here to help. A person with Alzheimer’s disease might become agitated when once-simple tasks become difficult. To limit challenges and ease frustration our team can assist you and your loved one in the following steps:
- Scheduling wisely. Establish a routine to make each day less agitating and confusing. People with Alzheimer’s disease can still learn and follow routines. Often it is best to schedule tasks, such as bathing or medical appointments, when the person is most alert and refreshed. Allow some flexibility within the routine for spontaneous activities with a caregiver.
- Being Patient. Expect things to take longer than they used to. Allow the person with Alzheimer’s disease to have frequent breaks. Schedule more time for tasks so that you don’t need to hurry him or her.
- Involve the person. Allow your loved one to do as much as possible while still having assistance if need be. For example, people with Alzheimer’s disease might be able to set the table or help prepare meals with the help of visual cues or dress independently if you lay out clothes in the order they go on.
- Provide choices. Fewer options are better but give the person with Alzheimer’s disease choices every day. For example, provide two outfits to choose from, ask if he or she prefers a hot or cold beverage, or ask if he or she would rather go for a walk or see a movie.
- Provide simple instructions. People with Alzheimer’s disease best understand clear, one-step communication.
- Reduce distractions. Turn off the TV and minimize other distractions at mealtime and during conversations to make it easier for the person with Alzheimer’s disease to focus.
Personal Care: As we age and as limitations evolve, basic hygiene can become a challenge. Good hygiene is vital to our overall health both mentally and physically. No matter what level of assistance your loved one needs, our caregivers can assist.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Friendly Practices:
- Positive and patient companionship for Alzheimer’s patients
- Activities to stimulate client mentally and physically
- Prompting and cueing daily routines
- Respite for those caring for loved ones with dementia
- Prevent wandering and unsafe behaviors
- Transport/Escort to appointments
- Outings, activities and events appropriate for persons with dementia