Understandably, people often confuse dementia with Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, they tend to use the two terms interchangeably. Dementia is actually a general term used to describe conditions that involve memory loss as well as diminished abilities to problem-solve, speak and think. Alzheimer’s is well known as the most common cause of dementia.
Are you the caregiver or a senior who suffers from dementia? Needless to say, it can be very challenging. Let’s take a look at some important ways to assist your loved one.
As a caregiver, you may get a bit wrapped up in your role. There are bound to be times when you feel you need to do everything for your care recipient. Truth be told, you may simply want to take care of all requirements because doing so will save time. Is your care recipient moving too slowly? Avoid the urge to rush your loved one. In fact, you’ll want to encourage him/her to do a few things on his/her own. Giving your care recipient some responsibility will brighten his/her mood. Boosted morale is integral to dealing with dementia effectively.
“Allow the person with dementia to do as much as possible with the least amount of assistance,” recommends Mayo Clinic, “For example, he or she might be able to set the table with the help of visual cues or dress independently if you lay out clothes in the order they go on.”
Help your loved one to stay active.
As we noted, dementia can impact a person’s ability to perform normal everyday activities. It’s wise to help your loved one to continue to enjoy life. That involves encouraging him/her to participate in tasks that he/she finds manageable. Gently remind your care recipient of the steps that he/she may forget. As well, kindly assist with the steps he/she can’t take on independently. The physical activity is good for both the body and the mind.
“Consider different activities the person can do to stay active, such as household chores, cooking and baking, exercise, and gardening,” suggests Alzheimers.gov, “Match the activity to what the person can do.”
As a care recipient, you’re likely used to making all the decisions. It’s important, however, to involve your loved one in some of the decision-making. Let him/her know his/her thoughts and feelings matter. Don’t just prepare the meals. Ask what meals he/she would enjoy. Mayo Clinic agrees that choices should be provided, but warns against offering too many options.
“Provide some, but not too many, choices every day,” advises their website, “For example, provide two outfits to choose from, ask if he or she prefers a hot or cold beverage, or ask if he or she would rather go for a walk or see a movie.”
To learn about how the home health care products offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions can help the dementia sufferer in your life, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800. You may also email us at [email protected] or contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page! Be sure to ask us about our home hospital beds which promote better sleep!