How to Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer's or Dementia
If you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you might feel overwhelmed. You have become a caregiver, and that is a lot of responsibility. Not only are you now in charge of someone’s care, but that person is feeling frustrated that their life is no longer as simple as it used to be.
Joyful Companions understands that you might sometimes feel frustrated, so we’ve put together some tips on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Try to Reduce Frustration
The ease that your loved one once had performing simple tasks is waning. Part of what you can do as their caregiver is to try and reduce instances of frustration.
Here are some ways to help reduce frustration.
Establish a Daily Routine
Scheduling the day and establishing a routine is essential for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Some tasks that require extra effort are better done when the person is most alert and refreshed. Also, leave some room for spontaneous activities at your discretion.
Take it Slow
Many tasks will take longer than they used to, and it’s important to remember to take things slow. Allow time for breaks during the task as well.
Involve Your Loved One
It is essential to allow your loved one to do as much themselves as possible or with the most minor assistance. Giving small cues might make a task more manageable, like laying out clothes for them to dress.
Your loved one wants to make decisions, so offer choices, but only a few. Two options are best: a hot or cold drink or choosing between two outfits.
One-step communications that are simple and clear are best for those with dementia.
Keeping your loved one from reversing night and day is essential. To keep them straight, try to limit napping or prolonged naps.
During mealtime, try to turn off the TV or music so your loved one only has to focus on one thing at a time. This is also helpful when conversing with your loved one.
Over time, your loved one will need more and more help. To reduce frustration, stay flexible and adapt your routine as needed.
Build a Safe Environment
Keeping your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia safe is crucial. There are several things you can do to help keep a home safe.
You can prevent falls by limiting rugs, extension cords, and other trip hazards. Install handrails or grab bars in some areas where a fall may happen.
Check Water Temperatures
Check the water temperature for your loved one before bathing, or lower the temperature on your water heater to avoid burns.
Use Locks Where Needed
Install locks where you have dangerous chemicals, medicines, alcohol, guns, or other dangerous tools.
Keep matches and lighters out of reach. If your loved one smokes, always supervise the activity. Keep fire extinguishers in many locations in case of an accident.
Every person with Alzheimer’s is different, so you must be able to adapt to changing situations. But don’t forget about your self-care. Running yourself into the ground won’t help anyone.
Non-Medical In-Home Care
Don’t feel bad if you’re overwhelmed by caring for your loved one. There are organizations like Joyful Companions that can help.
Joyful Companions offer non-medical in-home care services for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. We can help you focus on self-care by spending time with your loved one in a safe, caring environment. We can provide reminders and verbal cues for Alzheimer’s or dementia and 24/7 support and care.
Joyful Companions is your partner in caring for your loved one!
Enhance Quality of Life for People With Alzheimer’s or Dementia
At Joyful Companions, we make it our priority to help maintain your loved one’s independence while providing quality and trustworthy care. We can customize your loved one’s care and help them with everyday routines.
Read some of our testimonials or contact us today for more information. You can also call 763-544-+0401 for immediate assistance.