Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the many cruel and unfair diagnoses that we see come with old age. This unfortunate illness robs one of their memories and makes life challenging in more ways than one. Whether it’s your parents, a grandparent, a friend or a loved one, understanding a few of the care techniques that can make the initial stages of Alzheimer’s more bearable for this individual is a significant step for you to take.
Though there has been no proven cure for this disease, there are a few things that you can do to make this individual more comfortable and provide them with a quality of life that they’re deserving of. We are going to cover just a few of the things that can make day to day tasks and routines even the slightest bit easier.
Create a Schedule
Daily tasks can become incredibly overwhelming and daunting when your loved one has forgotten what or why they’re doing certain things. The best way to try and help this individual with their Alzheimer’s is by creating a schedule. A routine is a great way to make a day less confusing and frustrating. As time passes, you’ll learn times of the day where they are feeling more themselves, and things aren’t as foggy. Try to schedule important tasks like doctor visits, meals, and hygiene during these times of the day.
Though too many options can make life challenging for an individual with Alzheimer’s, having some options is always beneficial. It’s important to remember that this person that you’re interacting with and caring for was an entirely independent individual only moments before this diagnosis. When you go from a life where you lived fully on your own and made your own decisions, it can be incredibly frustrating to feel as though you’ve transitioned to a phase where you’re now being told what to do.
To minimize frustrations in these types of situations, offer the individual a few options so that they are able to feel the freedom they’re used to, without amplifying levels of confusion.
Create a Safe Space
Safe spaces are essential both emotionally and physically when you’re dealing with Alzheimer’s. Seeing as how the individual that you’re caring for can benefit from them both, let’s talk about them each briefly.
A physically safe space is a must in order to ensure that this individual is safe. Whether they’re staying at your house or their own home, you will want to take time to keep them safe. This means minimizing the chances of falls or slips, reducing the items that are breakable around them, and including locks that prevent them out of items that are harmful to them and ensure they don’t leave without warning.
An emotionally safe space is much easier to create because it is mostly comprised of individuals that love and support them. By providing this individual with the support that they need to overcome the trials and tribulations of Alzheimer’s, you ensure that they’re never alone and will always be picked up when needed. This is truly invaluable to someone with this diagnosis.
Consider Professional Care
We’ve listed only a few of the things that you can do on a daily basis to provide your loved one with everything that they need to overcome the struggles of Alzheimer’s on a daily basis, but we haven’t even scratched the surface. Alzheimer’s is a nasty diagnosis, and it is one that requires quite a bit of care. For that reason, we always suggest looking into professional care.
For many, this immediately surfaces the idea of a nursing home, but it’s important to know that nursing homes aren’t the only option. Evergreen Home Health Care, for example, provides full home health aide services that allow for your loved one to remain in their home while still receiving professional medical care.
If you’re interested in learning more about the services that we offer and how you could benefit from them, reach out to us today. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of services to the Denver, Fort Collins, Greeley, Westminster, Loveland, and surrounding areas. We hope to be a part of the solution to this heartbreaking problem you’re struggling with.