It takes a lot of patience to care for that loved one that has the unfortunate disease of Alzheimer’s. It is not only hard dealing with the task for watching them to keep them safe because of their lack of memory, but to watch your loved one change before your eyes into another version of themselves. In the early stages, they still may be able to function well and care for themselves as before. As this disease worsens though, their ability to do even everyday tasks will lessen, making their caretaker need to take over to get these things accomplished. There are a lot of simple tasks and tips that you can follow to decrease the frustration and anguish that can build during this trying process. Following these Alzheimer’s care tips will help you both ease more into the transaction of the levels of this disease and be prepared.
- Schedule your time wisely. If you prepare a routine to follow, the days will become more predictable and will be less confusing for the patient, as well as you. Learn your loved ones moods, as they tend to change throughout the day. As you learn their mood habits, start to schedule the more difficult tasks, such as feeding and bathing, during the times where they are more relaxed and happy. This is also a good time of the day to schedule all doctor and dentist appointments as well.
- Learn to take your time and pace yourself. Simple tasks that you used to breeze through will now take a lot longer than before. Learn to be patient and things as time allows. Allow more time to complete tasks than you did previously. This will help give you more piece of mind at the end of the day.
- Keep your loved one as independent and as involved as you possibly can. Instead of dressing them and brushing their hair, it may help to just lay their clothes out for them, or to have a checklist taped to a bathroom mirror of simple hygiene tasks to complete each morning. This will help them to not feel so dependent, and will help you to keep them involved in everyday life.
- Limiting their choices may be a hard thing to do, but will be beneficial in the long run. The fewer choices that your loved one will have, the easier it will be for them to make a decision. Give them two options for meals. Give them two choices of clothing to wear after a bath. It will also help if you eliminate choices that aren’t really necessary as well, such as wearing a belt, or a bunch of dessert choices.
- Reduce all the possible distractions. When you are trying to interact with them, don’t have the TV or radio on. This will help them to concentrate more on the task or conversation at hand, and keep you from repeating yourself. This is the most important during meal times and those times that you are wanting to talk to your loved one.
Alzheimer’s is not an easy disease to live with. It takes time to learn what the person is capable of still doing on their own, and it can be frustrating to watch them struggle. Following these tips will help make these task more at ease for the both of you, and will allow for more interaction time. In the long run, it will help you to be the best provider that you can possibly be.