Seeing as its World Alzheimer’s Awareness month, we’d like to take some time today to share ideas on implementing the best care for a parent or loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Providing Care for Someone With Alzheimer's
Here are some tips from our own experienced elder care team:
- Preparation is so important when dealing with Alzheimer’s disease in your family. Do research, find out what kind of help might be needed (and what’s available), and ensure your legal documents are in order.
- Don’t face this alone. Try to bring friends, family and others together who are dealing with this issue; consider support groups or online support. Talk to friends and family to explain what is going on but be prepared that they may feel awkward and unsure of what to say or do.
- When you seek outside help, find out about the preparation and training of staff to work with someone with Alzheimer’s disease/dementia. How does the home care company train and assist staff in managing behavioral challenges? Does the care facility staff have the time and ability to work closely with your loved one if he/she is upset or agitated? Does the staff take your advice on what helps?
- Just as each person is different, each family’s path with dementia will be different. It may be a very tough road in many ways, particularly on an emotional level. It will help tremendously to talk to others who may have experienced similar issues, to bounce ideas off of, learn about new resources, and ultimately understand that you are not alone.
- Persons with dementia still have the basic human needs we all do, and these needs and emotions often manifest as puzzling behaviors. Remember the need for security, the feeling of home and comfort, and the need to be loved and have a purpose. How can you incorporate those into your loved one’s day? What might he/she be feeling when acting out or trying to leave to reach “home”?
We invite you to join us on any of our social media channels to share your experiences caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. To read more about World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and Alzheimer’s Action Day (September 21st), visit the Alzheimer’s Association page.