According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Dementia is, “a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.” Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of cases. While dementia, more specifically Alzheimer’s, has no known cure, there are certain things friends and family members can do to help their loved one with the disease.
While we can always hope for the best, it’s better to prepare for the worst. A once familiar place can become completely unknown to someone with dementia, so adding small touches to help remind them of the familiar place can be helpful. Other helpful tools can include:
- Locating devices if your loved one ends up wandering off and getting lost
- Completing a home safety checklist to ensure that your loved one will stay safe and feel comfortable in their home
- Coming prepared with a tool that can be used to help identify your loved one if they become lost
Create a Daily Pattern
When you create a daily routine, someone with dementia will know what to expect throughout the day. This can include getting up in the morning, getting dressed, grooming/bathing, and eating. Sticking to a daily routine can also remove any confusion they feel, and help them feel self-sufficient and independent for as long as possible. You can also help your loved one with simple tasks by leaving reminders, such as what times to eat, or leaving small notes on cupboards or drawers to remind them of what’s inside.
As much as we don’t want it to happen, it doesn’t hurt to come prepared for any situation that might occur. Not only do you need to know how to prepare for any type of disaster, but you should also know how to respond if or when a disaster strikes.
Taking care of a loved one with dementia can take a toll on the family and friends that are helping take care of them. If you feel you need more assistance than you’re capable of providing, Elder Care Staffing Solutions is here to help. Our knowledgeable professionals can ensure that your loved one will be properly taken care of whenever you need it. Give us a call today at 914-265-4299, or visit our website to request a consultation.