Helping a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a difficult task for North Coast Alzheimer’s caregivers. Follow this list of dos and don’ts to learn the basics of dealing with Alzheimer’s at home.
Do Redirect Away from Sensitive Subjects
It is common for seniors with Alzheimer’s to think that they are in a strange home or suddenly ask where a dead spouse is. Suggest a snack, take them for a walk, or find a craft activity to do instead of needlessly upsetting them with information they will forget again soon.
Don’t Take Aggression Personally
Alzheimer’s alters the brain so that seniors may react with rudeness or aggression, especially in situations that are unknown or scary to them. Remember that they do not hate you. Try to remain calm and find a solution to whatever problem is triggering an outburst.
Do Establish a Routine
Seniors with Alzheimer’s often do best with a task when they have done it before. Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in North Coast should try to make a routine for waking up, getting dressed, eating meals, and going to bed. This can help to decrease your loved one’s stress levels.
Don’t Question Their Capability
Seniors with Alzheimer’s tend to react defensively when you doubt their ability to handle circumstances or think logically. To minimize frustration and depression, offer to help in small ways instead of insisting that they are incapable of doing anything themselves.
Do Make Sure They’re Comfortable
Pick soft clothes with elastic or Velcro closures that keep your senior loved one comfortable throughout the day. Take them to the doctor to check out any complaints of pain because it could be an unrelated health issue.
Don’t Leave Hazardous Items Lying Around
Impaired motor skills and cognitive function can make it unsafe for seniors to be left with razors, hot beverages, medications and even cleaning products. Try to keep any hazardous items stored out of the senior’s reach so that you can monitor their usage.
It can become challenging to look after seniors with Alzheimer’s on your own. Turn to Home Care Assistance to hire a trusted North Coast home care professional to look after your loved one. We provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s and dementia care that promotes mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Call 1300 LIVE-IN or (02) 6646 3527 today to learn more about our services and set up a complimentary in-home consultation.