Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Alzheimer's Caregiving

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect millions of Americans. The role of caregiver is then handed to family members such as a spouse, sibling, or child. Caring for a person afflicted with Alzheimer’s can be a difficult adjustment for both parties. For caregivers who choose to provide in-home care, different things should be done around the house to ensure a safe living environment.

Prepare the Home

Especially as this disease progresses, the senior will exhibit confusion and clouded thinking. This can turn ordinary household appliances into dangerous and life-threatening obstacles. These hazards should be removed from the home if possible. Since it is not practical to remove a stove or a microwave, safety precautions should be taken. Functioning smoke alarms or even security systems can help keep the home and the patient safe in case of an accident.

Medication Chart

Although there is not a cure of Alzheimer’s, the symptoms can be treated with different medications. It is important that a person suffering from dementia receives all prescribed medication on the recommended timeline. This medication can be specifically for dementia symptoms or can be for the overall health of the senior. No matter what medication it is, a medication chart can help caregivers administer the medication in a timely manner, ensuring the safety and well-being of the patient.

Keep a Schedule

The reality for an Alzheimer’s or dementia is very scary and confusing. Maintaining a structured schedule can help simplify the day. This can help eliminate confusion and possible breakdowns, making everyday life easier for everyone. Schedule such events as daily baths, and sure to sit down to meals at the same time every day. Since the senior’s physical capabilities can deteriorate with age and dementia, it is important to schedule enough time to complete even the simple tasks. Do not rush through activities since this can cause stress and anxiety for the patient. Even if the senior cannot remember many things, these habits will help maintain a normal day.