Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of Dementia. Characteristics of Alzheimer’s include memory loss, difficulty performing daily activities, language deterioration, poor judgment, and personality changes. Here are some tips on how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).
Routine – Follow a daily schedule that he/she prefers. Stability helps a person with AD to be less upset. Find the time of day when the person is most capable to do activities.
Bathing – Plan to do bathing around the same time each day. If possible, allow the person to do most of the bathing on his/her own. Always be patient and calm. Never leave the person alone in the bath or shower.
Dressing – Simplify the closet so the person with AD is not overwhelmed with too many choices. Encourage the person to do most of the dressing on his/her own. Help by saying short, direct instructions such as, “Put on your shirt,” instead of “Get dressed.” Allow enough time to dress so he/she is not rushed.
Incontinence – Set a routine, such as every 3 hours, to go to the bathroom. Do not wait for a person with AD to tell you when to use the bathroom. Accidents are prone to happen, so be understanding and composed.
Eating – Finger foods can help those who have trouble using utensils. A quiet, calm atmosphere can help the person focus on the meal.
Communication – Use simple sentences and speak slowly. Make sure to be visible where he/she can see you while talking. Use gentle touches while talking, if allowed.
Exercise – Plan to exercise or take a simple walk around the same time each day. Always suggest and encourage a person with AD to exercise. This helps improve their motor skills, functional abilities, energy, circulation, mood, sleep, and elimination.
Night Ritual – Behavior is often the worse at night. Create a night time routine that is calming, soothing, and peaceful. A few ideas include leaving the night light on, playing soft music, and turning off the TV to avoid over stimulation.
We hope you learned some new tips on how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Remember to be patient, calm, and understanding. Keep the environment safe and familiar. Do daily activities and tasks around the same time each day. Always focus on things that the person with Alzheimer’s can do and enjoy!
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