Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s
If you find yourself caring for someone that is dealing with Alzheimer’s you may find yourself dealing with a great deal of emotions. It can become very difficult to fully understand where you are going and what you need to do next in order to help your loved one. So, this article will outline some of the most important things that friends and loved ones can do in order to care for someone that is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Try a few of these tips and see which ones will help you the most.
Tips to start with:
1.) Make sure that you are taking the time to learn all that you can about Alzheimer’s disorder. When you fully understand the process and the way that the disease progresses, you will be better able to deal with the disease as it progresses. So, find some books that you can read, or find some professionals that you can talk to so that you are able to learn all that you can in relation to this condition and what will happen to your loved one.
2.) Give the individual time to answer questions before you ask them another one. Remember, your loved one is trying to process what you just stated and they may be searching for the words that they need to answer the question you just answered. You will only frustrate the individual if you continue to bombard them with questions that they are not able to answer as quickly as you are asking the questions.
3.) You may need to give the individual a bath. This can be very difficult. But, if you plan this activity for a time of the day when the individual is calm and seems to be agreeable you may have a lot more success. That means that you will need to think about what time works the best and you may need to change the current time.
4.) When it is time to help the individual get dressed, you do not want to overload the person. Make sure that you are only giving them one item of clothing at a time and you are giving them a great deal of instructions related to how they need to put the clothing on. This will make things less stressful for you and it will also help make the individual remain more self sufficient for a longer period of time.
5.) Pay attention at mealtimes in case chocking becomes an issue for the person as the disease continues to progress. This can be very dangerous so you may also want to talk to a health care professional about this as well.
6.) Encourage the person to become involved in all activities that you may plan. This could include preparing a meal or cleaning up as well. But, you will also want to make sure that you are not expecting a lot and you are not getting really frustrated when you do not get exactly what you want from the individual.
7.) See if there are any exercise programs available in your area that your loved one may be able to participate in. This will help keep them active and it will help them feel like the belong to something as well.