After an Alzheimer’s or dementia disease diagnosis, we believe the best care for your loved one is at home in familiar surroundings with less disruption in routines resulting in reduced confusion.
Like the majority of devoted family caregivers, you take on the role of providing Alzheimer’s care. As a primary caregiver for someone with the disease, the effort begins to take a toll on your own physical and emotional health, family life and career. Families with the best intentions simply “burn out”. Neglecting other responsibilities, lacking confidence in caregiving skills, and resenting demands placed on your time, are a few predominate feelings experienced.
As the day-to-day demands increase, you seek respite care, but no one seems to understand the specialized needs of your loved one. Looking for providers with dementia care experience is often challenging and frustrating.
Our caregivers recognizes the importance of understanding and supporting those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia illnesses.
We realize that as the disease progresses your loved one’s ability to manage daily tasks will decline. We work with family members to establish practical tips to help your loved ones maintain a sense of independence and dignity as they become dependent on you and other family members or the caregivers.
Two main factors that dictate our plan of action for Alzheimer’s service:
1. Reduce frustrations
A person with Alzheimer’s disease might become agitated when once-simple tasks become difficult.
To limit challenges and ease frustration we train our caregivers with the following rules in as a guide:
- Schedule 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.
- We Take our time. Expect things to take longer than expected. Allow our client with Alzheimer’s disease to have frequent breaks. Schedule more time for tasks so that they don’t feel the need to hurry.
- Involve the person. We encourage our client’s to do as much as possible with the least amount of assistance. For example, people with Alzheimer’s disease might be able to set the table 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 we give our clients with Alzheimer’s disease choices every day. For example, provide two outfits to choose from, ask if they prefer a hot or cold beverage, or ask if they 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.
2. Be flexible
Over time, a person living with dementia will become more dependent. But there’s a lot that can be done to maximize the quality of your interactions and reduce frustration. Flexibility and Adapting to various routines and expectations as needed is the key to our dynamic strategy for our Alzheimer’s care.
Some Tips to consider
If your loved one starts insisting on wearing the same outfit every day, consider buying a few identical outfits. If bathing is met with resistance, consider doing it less often. Relaxing your expectations can go a long way toward self-care and well-being.
We work with you to establish safe and more comfortable environments, trusting relationships and techniques to maximize independence for as long as possible for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Our specialized approach of encouragement and assistance helps family members cope with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
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