Is caring for someone with Alzheimer’s different than regular elder care? Yes, there are different measures that need to be taken when providing Alzheimer’s care than you would for an aging senior with normal memory loss.
As we age, some memory loss is normal. However, there are some instances of memory loss that coincide with signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The following is a comparison of normal memory loss and those displaying signs of Alzheimer’s.
- Forgetting to purchase an item at the store is normal age related behavior but buying the same item week after week is a possible sign of Alzheimer’s.
- Unaware of what day it is but remembering later is normal but being regularly confused about what day it is or losing track of seasons signifies Alzheimer’s.
- We all misplace items from time to time but doing this regularly without the ability to retrace steps to find could signify more of a problem than normal memory loss.
- Losing a train of thought once in a while is normal, but the inability to follow a conversation could be a sign of Alzheimer’s.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming at times, but being knowledgeable about the signs and symptoms and having a good support system will help you navigate through this challenging disease. Planning and preparing for each day is a major benefit to both the caregiver and loved one.
Things you can do differently when providing memory loss care are:
- Provide structure by having a daily routine for meals, medication, exercise, and bathing.
- Put things in the same place and labeling will come in handy especially during the more advanced stages.
- Promote independence by letting them do as much as they can themselves.
- Do the more difficult activities, such as bathing or exercise, at times of the day when the person is at their best and will be the most cooperative.
- Take the proper safety measures around the house to ensure that your loved one can’t get into medicines or household chemicals that are dangerous. People with Alzheimer’s will tend to wander without knowing where they are going or where they want to go. You might have to fence in your yard to keep them from venturing too far from the house and getting hurt or lost.
- Simple activities that exercise the brain without getting them frustrated are a great way to keep them mentally active and engaged.
A person who requires Alzheimer’s care will eventually need 24-hour care. If that is something you are unable to provide at home, it might be time to consider long-term facility care.
When researching options for senior care in Webster, TX, call us at (832) 315-3219. Assisted Living counselors at Serenity Gardens are available to talk with you about your caregiving needs while providing better, affordable care for you or a loved one.