People with Alzheimer’s and related dementias experience changes in thinking, remembering, and reasoning that affects nearly every aspect of daily life. Eventually people with Alzheimer’s will need assistance completing everyday tasks including dressing, bathing, and grooming. Often times It can be upsetting to the person to need help with such personal activities. Here are a few tips to consider as a caregiver to best help your loved one as the disease progresses:
Communication Tips to Help Care for People with Alzheimer’s
Communication can become difficult for people with Alzheimer’s because they have trouble remembering things. This can lead to agitation or even anger. It is common for a person with Alzheimer’s to have trouble finding the right words. As a caregiver it is easy to feel frustrated or impatient, but it is important to understand that the disease is causing the change in communication skills.
Maintaining a Healthy and Active Lifestyle for People with Alzheimer’s
Eating healthy and staying active is good for everyone. As the disease progresses, maintaining a healthy diet and staying active may be increasingly challenging.
Home Safety Tips for People With Alzheimer's
As a caregiver or family member of a person with Alzheimer’s there are many things to consider that can make the home a safer place. Removing hazards and adding safety features around the home can help give the person more freedom to move around independently and safely.
You can download a Free Alzheimer’s home safety checklist here.
If you are caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease it may be necessary to make changes to the home in order to help keep them safe. This room-by-room checklist will help you identify potential hazards so you can keep your loved one safe.
Keep in mind that it may not be necessary to make all of the suggested changes. This list covers a wide range of safety concerns that may arise, and some of the modifications suggested may never be needed. Remember to re-evaluate home safety periodically as the persons condition may change over time. Download a FREE printable version of the Alzheimer's Home Safety Checklist here.
Throughout the Home
Outside the House
Download a FREE printable version of the Alzheimer's Home Safety Checklist here.
Ty Strahl is the Spokane areas leading Certified Senior Advisor (CSA). Her job is to help navigate the many aspects of aging and to help seniors who are in transition to find the right solutions for their individual needs.