If you nurse someone living with Alzheimer's Disease you know that as your disease progresses, your loved one's ability to tackle daily tasks will decrease. Consider practical tips that help him or her maintain a sense of independence and dignity when he or she becomes dependent on you and other family members or caregivers.
A person with Alzheimer's disease can become difficult Simple tasks become difficult. To Limit Challenges and Facilitate Frustration:
- Plan wisely. Schedule a routine to make every day less exciting and confusing. People with Alzheimer's disease can still learn and follow routines. It is often best to plan tasks, such as As bathing or medical appointments, if the person is extremely attentive and refreshed. Allow some flexibility in the routine for spontaneous activities.
- Take your time. Expect things to take longer than before. Allow people with Alzheimer's disease frequent breaks. Plan more time for tasks so you do not have to hurry.
- Include the person. Allow your relative to do as much as possible with the least amount of support. People with Alzheimer's disease, for example, can set up the table with the help of visual cues or dress independently by lining up the clothes in the order in which they travel.
- Give choices. Less options are better, but give the person with Alzheimer's disease every day. For example, choose from two outfits, ask if he or she prefers a hot or cold drink, or ask if he or she would rather go for a walk or watch a movie.
- Give simple instructions. People with Alzheimer's disease are best understood to have clear, one-step communication.
- Reduce distractions. Turn off the TV and minimize other distractions during mealtime and during conversations to facilitate concentration of the person with Alzheimer's disease.
Over time, a person living with dementia becomes more dependent. However, there are plenty of ways to maximize the quality of your interactions and reduce frustration. Try to stay flexible and adjust your routine and expectations as needed.
For example, if your loved one insists on wearing the same outfit everyday, you should buy some identical outfits. If the bath encounters resistance, you should do it less often. Relaxing your expectations can make a big contribution to self-sufficiency and well-being.
Creating a safe environment.
Alzheimer's disease impairs the judgment and problem-solving ability and increases the risk of injury to a person. To promote safety:
- Prevent falls. Avoid spreading carpet, extension cords, and any clutter that might cause your loved one to trip or fall. Attach handrails or handrails in critical areas.
- Use locks. Install locks on cabinets containing potentially hazardous substances, such as water temperature. Lower the thermostat on the water heater to prevent burns.
- Take fire safety precautions. Keep matches and lighters out of reach. If your loved ones smoke, make sure that they do so only under supervision. Make sure that a fire extinguisher is accessible and the smoke detectors are equipped with fresh batteries.
Focus on individual care.
Every person with Alzheimer's disease will experience their symptoms and their course differently. Therefore, nursing techniques must vary. Adapt these practical tips to the individual needs of your loved one.
Remember that your loved one's reactions and behaviors may be different from those he used to be. Patience and flexibility – along with good self-care and support from friends and family – can help you master the challenges and frustrations of the future.
Release date: 2000-09-25