Whether you are planning to care for your senior loved one who has Alzheimer’s or plan to get an in home caregiver to help, it’s important to be ready for what’s to come.
With more and more baby boomers aging, the senior population with Alzheimer’s increases on a daily basis. This group is unique due to the disease, and several factors need to be taken into consideration in order to best provide care at home.
How to Maintain Safety
There are a few very important ways you can maintain safety in the home for an Alzheimer’s patient.
First, it’s important to realize that a senior with Alzheimer’s will sometimes become confused about their surroundings and is prone to pacing. For this reason, you’ll want to make the home as safe as possible.
Here are a few simple things you can do:
Remove any throw rugs and objects that can cause tripping
Install better lighting so navigating the house is easier
Put locks on cabinets that contain potentially harmful substances
Lock stove and oven knobs to prevent random cooking
A senior with Alzheimer’s should not go outside of the home very often. Unfamiliar places can cause greater confusion and frustration. As a final note for safety, you may want to hide the car keys at some point if the senior is still in the habit of looking for them.
How to Maintain Hygiene
Over time, a senior with Alzheimer’s will most likely deal with bowel and bladder incontinence. The home environment can create a safer place in which the senior will not feel as embarrassed as in public, but it’s a good idea to do all you can to help in this area. Here are a few suggestions:
Get loose fitting clothes for the senior that can be easily removed if necessary
Time bathroom breaks to come before typical incidents have happened in the past
Utilize adult diapers and incontinence pads and linings
Give immediate direction to the bathroom if the senior looks like they may need to go
When it comes to bathing and hair and dental care, the key is to maintain a routine. It’s always better to tell the senior that it’s time for their bath than to ask them if they’d like to take one. Most seniors with Alzheimer’s respond better to routines that seem mandatory.
Where to Find Home Care for an Alzheimer’s Patient
Quality and affordable home care for Alzheimer’s patients is not necessarily easy to come by. While you may be able to care for the senior up to a certain point, it’s a good idea to research earlier rather than later for extra help. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can quickly cause burnout. Do all you can to get the help you need.
One of the reasons CareFamily was created was to provide a great option for families who want to keep loved ones at home – even when they require hands-on, advanced care, as an Alzheimer’s patient would. You can try to look for a home care provider through an agency in your area. Alternatively, you can save quite a bit of money and hire a caregiver directly and safely through CareFamily.
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