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Advice on caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advice on caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease

Caring for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease can be a very tough and time consuming task. It is easy to become frustrated with your loved one and lose patience with them. While in the early stages of the disease, they may be able to still function and live independently, but as time goes on and the disease worsens, the person will not be able to handle a lot of simple and daily tasks. Therefore, you should try to ensure that your loved one still has a sense of dignity and independence at the same time as providing them with increased care and support. Here is some advice that will help you with this process. Decrease frustration levels It can be an agitating process for both the carer and the person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease when previously simple tasks become tricky or even impossible. This frustration needs to be controlled as best as possible. You should always have a solid routine in place in order to make each day less confusing and more predictable. It is advisable that you schedule the more difficult tasks such as bathing and medical appointments for the times of day that your loved one is the most agreeable and calm. Keeping options to a minimum is a great way to reduce anxiety and frustration, as it is easier to decide. It is a good idea to keep track of any recent changes in your loved one’s behaviour, as this could be important information to bring to the attention of their medical professional during their next appointment. It also helps to prepare other people who will be caring for the patient for any developments since they last visited. Flexibility While a routine is important to have, you should not stick to it rigidly. If something is clearly not working or your loved one is experiencing great anxiety or lack of enjoyment from a certain activity, don’t be afraid to drop it. They may no longer like the same things as they did in the past, so don’t solely base the activities on past hobbies and interests. Trial and error is the best way to find activities and interests that will be enjoyable for your loved one. As the disease progresses, your loved one will lose their ability to properly function and cope. Even from day to day they might vary, having some good days and some bad days. Always be flexible and ready to adjust to the circumstances depending on how they are feeling on a particular day. For more information and ideas, you may want to consider working with an in-home care...

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Preparing to look after a relative with dementia

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing to look after a relative with dementia

If you have a relative with dementia, you’ll know how hard it can be to find a nursing home spot that it both affordable and close enough to your home that you can still regularly visit. If you are looking to prepare for a period of home care for someone with dementia, it can be useful to follow a few simple tips to make sure you are prepared. Create an easy to navigate environment People with dementia can easily become overwhelmed when confronted with busy and cluttered areas. Find a place to put away items when not in use, and get out of the habit of leaving on the TV or radio as this extra aural stimulus can be overwhelming and make it hard to concentrate on spoken words. Keep danger out of the way While you can’t prevent every accident from occurring, it’s a sensible precaution to place deadlocks on the door to the outside, as well as locking up potentially dangerous items such as kitchen knives or the car keys. Not only will this keep your relative safe, but it can also help you to relax about having them at home. Social stimulation While your relative might have some issues with social interactions at times, such as saying inappropriate things, it’s important to ensure they still get a chance to have some social interaction. Local aged care support groups, local religious centres or the local council can be a good place to look for some appropriate social clubs for people with dementia, which are structured and suitably supervised. This can help prevent frustration on their part and give you a break. Organise some home dementia respite care Having a family member in the house with dementia can be tiring emotionally and physically. Organising some in-home dementia respite care can give you a chance to have a physical and mental break. With in-home respite care, a carer will come to your home, and look after your relative while you leave to do some other tasks. When you contact My Aged Care, a service run by the government, they can help you to estimate the fees and advise your of local service providers.  This can help you to do necessary tasks like medical appointments, running errands, working out of the home or just having a break and getting some independent social time.  Planning ahead for this next stage of providing in-home care for your relative with dementia will increase everyone’s enjoyment of the time, and it allow you to all maintain some balance. Why not make an in-home care plan today, and maximise your chances of success in keeping them at...

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