Caring of Alzheimer Patients Living In Home

By: | Tags: , | Comments: 0 | January 17th, 2015

Alzheimer’s Disease affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. It is important that people understand how to take care of Alzheimer patients when they are living in the home. The reason for this is because many times people that are in the early stages of the disease may not want to leave their home for professional care. They may not need to have much help other than having reminders posted around the home. Loved ones may not wish to allow their family member to spend their last days in a crowded nursing home where they may be more confused and scared than anything else.

At home, keep routines familiar. While some change is bound to occur, as each change occurs make their incorporation into the routine consistent. Keep reminders in the same spot: phone number lists by the phone, doctor appointments on the calendar, medication reminders on the outer door of the medicine cabinet. The letters need to be large enough to read comfortably. Be wary of talking reminders as the patient(s) may become confused and wonder who is speaking to them.

Advantages of Having a Care Taker in your Home

Having a care taker come into the home is a wonderful solution when the care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s becomes increasingly difficult or complex. When home health is used, a nurse or home health aide comes into the home for a short time each day or for a full shift. The frequency and length of time will depend on the severity of the effects of Alzheimer’s on the person. Aides are used when the need for medication and other medical intervention is low, their primary job is to provide help with ADLs or activities of daily living. These include dressing, toileting, and other daily routine activities.

The best thing that can be done for any person suffering from this disease is to provide them care and dignity. By allowing them to remain in their home longer or to live with a loved one, this preservation of self includes dignity. No one wishes to be forced into a long term care facility when there are other options.”

To learn more about how ActiveCare can help you and  your loved ones cope better with Alzheimer Disease in the home environment please call 844-545-2273 or fill out the short contact form on the left of this page.

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