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Alzheimer’s Disease is a the most common form of dementia. Its symptoms include changes in psychology, impaired thinking, disorientation, aggression, restlessness, irritability, wandering, lack of restraint, apathy, sleep problems, anxiety, hallucinations, lack of appetite, impaired communication, and memory loss.
Although experts say that Alzheimer has no common cure, certain thoughtful caregiving and healthcare treatments can improve the quality of life of Alzheimer’s sufferers.
People suffering with Alzheimer can be frustrated and confused at the same time, but there are so many ways you can make them feel safe, happy and calm. As a caregiver, your duty is to make the Alzheimer’s patient happy at all times.
To do this caregiving job well, you really need to get acquainted with Alzheimer’s care facilities for seniors, assisted living communities and homes. If your parents are living with Alzheimer’s disease, here are 6 tested and proven ways you can look after them:
- Keep a routine
Usually, people living with Alzheimer’s disease t prefer to stay in a familiar setting and live their life according to a specific schedule. As such, it may be difficult for them to make any changes. You need to keep a routine. This could be leaving reminders beside their beds, on their fridge, or in a calendar and place them in a visible location in their rooms.
Some experts say leaving notes is the best thing to do for Alzheimer’s sufferers, because most of the people in later stages of Alzheimer’s disease may find it difficult to understand spoken words. Also, it is important you leave notes in your home pointing to different parts of the house such as ‘this way leads to the bedroom’ etc. This will be one of the things the helps keep their surroundings really comfortable and familiar.
- Limit the amount of sound and movement
Alzheimer’s patients are intolerant to loud unpleasant sounds and movements, so do everything you can to keep distractions in check. For example, if you are going to the mall with them, try to go to smaller or less busy malls or go when the malls are less likely to be busy.
More so, even though your parents may love to see all the family members during festive seasons or holidays, they may be irritated at the sight of all the grandchildren playing together, often creating loud unpleasant noise. Try to coordinate the visits by ensuring that few family members visits at different times.
People living with Alzheimer’s disease may find it extremely difficult to differentiate what is going on in TV and what is happening in real life. So, when they are around, you can switch off the television or stay around to guide them as they watch it. Staying or living with people with Alzheimer’s disease requires a huge sacrifice and you must do everything humanly possible to see that they are happy around you.
- Find things they can do
Engaging your parents with hobbies and familiar tasks they can do can help them to feel happy and stay highly productive. For example, if your parents used to love playing soccer, they may be happy seeing the presence of children playing in the field or watching a friendly soccer match. If they love reading, get their favorite novels, newspapers or magazines to keep their brains busy and relaxed. If they like writing, then get enough writing materials for them.
- Remove any danger
Make sure you remove anything that could adversely affect their lives such as matches, car keys, knives and other dangerous objects. As a caregiver, you are highly responsible for anything that could pose a threat to your parents.
- Create Limitations
In all your dealings with your parents, make sure you provide limited choices both in clothes and instructions you give them. You are there to assist, guide and direct them, so ensure you take one step at a time.
If you are spending time or discussing something with them, make sure your surroundings are limited from distractions coming from radio, television and any form of outside noises. This will help them stay focused on the conversation.
- You may have to use Alzheimer’s care facilities
Alzheimer’s disease is a frustrating scenario, so people living with Alzheimer’s need proper medical help. If your parents need assistance on a daily basis and you are not in a position to provide proper help, then hiring an Alzheimer’s-trained caregiver could be the best option. However, a full-time caregiver can be extremely expensive. If you can’t afford this, there are other facilities that can take care of your parents, such as assisted living facilities or dedicated Alzheimer’s and dementia care homes. So, keep in mind that these facilities could help if no one is around to stay with your parents or if you are not able to provide proper care. If you need further details or advice on the best way to care for your parents with Alzheimer’s disease, feel free to consult your parent’s doctor.
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