When To Take Caregiving Breaks

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When you, as the adult child of a senior with need, assume the responsibilities of caretaker for your elder loved one, it may become difficult to balance your responsibilities for assisting your parent with their life and finding time to live your own. Life’s special occasions and landmark events may occasionally create need for you to break away and take some time off from your duties as caregiver.

An anniversary dinner with your spouse, a daughter’s dance recital, or an important business trip may call for attention and priority. With proper planning and anticipation, your world doesn’t have to fall apart with anxiety and guilt whenever you can’t personally be around to look after your senior loved one’s needs and have to take caregiving breaks. Below we provide some helpful strategies for how to take a break from your caregiving duties while still keeping your peace of mind.

 

 

  1. Call friends and family to care-give while you are away. Typically these are the people closest to you that you can trust to monitor and care for your elder loved one properly. Another plus, is that your elder parent probably already has a comfortable, relaxed relationship with these people, and there is no risk of awkward unfamiliarity or new introductions. Usually your close friends and family will gladly help you out with monitoring a senior loved one, so it is free or relatively cheap to enlist their care.
  2. In-home care and other personal care assistants can take care of business at home when you cannot. In home care professionals and skilled nurses can be elder companions qualified to look after a senior’s needs and keep the house habitable. Trusting a stranger to watch over your loved one may be a little unnerving at first, so make sure to find someone with a good referral, whether from a friend or reliable reviews and testimonies on in-home care agency websites online.
  3. Adult day care facilities may be a good alternative to in-home care in circumstances where you have to be away for long periods of time during the day. Adult day care provides an escape from the boredom and tedium of sitting around the house all day by giving seniors who need monitoring and medical attention a social and recreational outlet under the watch of trained professionals.
  4. Assisted living may be a viable option for seniors who may still be able to live relatively independently but just need a little help with some daily tasks, such as dining, dressing, bathing, etc. Placing your senior loved one in a reputable assisted living facility nearby may allow you the security of knowing your senior loved one is safe and in good hands, with you on call to meet any additional needs if necessary.

 

Caregiving for senior parents is done by adult children of various lifestyles. Some caregivers have the time to stay at home and offer more direct, continuous care than others who may have a career to balance with their caregiving duties. Regardless of your living circumstance, there are options available to make sure your senior loved one continues to receive the care he or she requires in the moments when you must be called away. It is not neglectful to place an elder in the care of a trusted professional for times when you have other obligations to attend to or need caregiving breaks.

 

 

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Dementia Care

 

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When a senior in your care is diagnosed with or is showing symptoms of dementia, it can be a very devastating and frustrating time for everyone in the home, and it is time to look for dementia care.

If you feel called to assume the duties of caregiving for a senior loved one with dementia, we have some helpful guidelines for handling some of the most common areas of difficulty. Here are some suggested solutions for the best types of caregiving for dementia.

 

Aggression

 

Dementia is a disease that changes the brain in many ways, altering emotional responses and perception of events. This can lead to communication difficulties and behavioral problems for a senior with dementia. Symptoms of emotional instability include amplified anger, sadness, confusion, and paranoia. Mood swings and aggressive outbursts may suddenly occur in response to physical or emotional discomfort. A senior with dementia showing violence or hostility may be acting out of fear and desperation in response to a feeling of helplessness.

 

To handle increased aggression from a senior with dementia in your care, try to calmly identify the cause of their aggression, attempt to understand their reasoning for feeling so suddenly angry (even if it does not make sense to you or seem reasonable). Peacefully restoring order to an aggressive situation will require a lot of patience and control on the part of the caregiver. If possible, try to reassuringly shift their attention onto something else besides what has made them upset. Make certain that a confused senior loved one is not threatening or presenting a danger to anyone else.

Whatever you do, don’t respond to aggression with more aggression or aggravation. Don’t attempt to forcibly restrain someone unless there is no choice.  Mitigate the situation with as much respect as possible; avoid acting dominant, barking at them with sharp words like “No!”

 

Confusion

 

A senior with dementia may abruptly lose his or her sense of place, asking a question like “where am I?” or declaring “I don’t live here!” In their minds, they want to return to a place they feel they have control. A senior with dementia may express a desire to go home, even though he or she is already safe at home.

 

Home for them might be some place long ago and far away. But you must do your best to tenderly remind them that home is “here” now. Proving simple explanations or keeping photos on hand can help to explain. Speak clearly, and repeat yourself. Don’t assume you have been understood. Sometimes your explanations for sudden questions like “When can we leave?” can be answered with what is called a therapeutic fib. Sometimes just receiving any answer or reassurance is enough to keep questions of dementia content.

 

It is unwise to always respond to confused questioning with lengthy explanations or reasons to these questions. Your explanations may add more confusion and more questions, further detracting everyone from the current activity. Do your best to not give frustrated responses either. Showing hostility can breed more hostility.

 

Impaired Judgment

 

A senior with dementia may be suddenly prone to unfounded accusations. A senior might go into hysterics claiming someone has stolen some possession that has been gone to him or her for decades. Deductive reasoning and basic math skills may suffer as well. Symptoms like these are part of the unfortunate deterioration of brain cells, affecting their judgment capabilities.

 

A way to assist seniors suffering from poor judgment is to help them become more organized, so that they posses a sense of place and where things belong. If a senior with mild dementia attempts to balance their checkbook or calculate a tip at dinner, it may be helpful for you to check their math when you can. Passively monitoring their behavior can be more effective than accusing them of being incompetent and revoking their privileges to manage their own affairs all together. This may result in an atmosphere of resentment and contention in the home.

 

Assisted Living Options

 

During later stages of dementia, sometimes it is not possible for a family member to offer the degree of caregiving for dementia that a senior loved one needs. Then a senior may require the more specialized care of trained professionals. Assisted living facilities and memory care communities provide a safe environment that cares for a senior’s health and monitoring needs. Research your options for senior care and memory care facilities near you to ensure that your senior gets the care and attention they need.

 

 

 

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Benefits of Routines

 

Starting your duties as a caregiver for a senior loved one can go smoothly with the proper amount of structuring and time management. Maybe you have found yourself overwhelmed by the amount of tasks you have to balance as a care provider and don’t know how to accomplish everything you need to do in order for your caregiving and housekeeping to be successful.

 

Creating a caregiving routine and following through with it is the best thing to do in order to make the best of your time. At first it takes some discipline to stick with a schedule, but once you commit to it, you more often actually carry out all the things you need to do. Without a structured schedule, it can be easy to let the duties and errands you have been meaning to get around to accumulate while little gets done.

 

Routines contribute to the piece of mind for everybody in the home, but for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, a sound routine is the key to sanity. Creating a sense of organization for seniors with cognitive impairment helps them prepare for the events of daily activities without being confused or shaken by unfamiliar surprises. For many seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, routines are comforting and pleasant rather than boring or monotonous.

 

Work Together In Creating the Schedule

 

You will have to coordinate your routine in congruence with the unique needs of your senior loved one. This organization will help to focus on the matters that are really a priority for your household and the senior in your care. When you both understand the routine, it can help you to motivate each other and keep one another on track regarding daily events.

 

It may not be necessary to concoct an elaborate calendar with a written timeslot for every hour of the day, but it can be very helpful to write out some form of checklist or posted-note reminders for the weekly schedule to assist in making the routine something tangible to follow and monitor progress. Making segmented plans for the day/week can help ensure that the tasks with the highest priority are attended to in their right place.

 

Plan Ahead

 

It is a wise thing to plan ahead when you can. There are sure to be windows where a daughter’s dance recital or an anniversary dinner will require your attention to be called away from your caregiving duties. So be certain to prepare for these special occasions by reaching out and arranging for some trusted help while you can’t be around.

 

Sometimes the unexpected occurs to the caregiving routine, and things happen that aren’t on the schedule. It may be good to insert a little wiggle room in to some parts of the schedule where you may foresee a greater possibility of interruption or delay.

 

 

Flexibility is Okay

 

Creating a routine doesn’t mean making yourself completely subservient to a micromanaged schedule, but should serve as a tool to give you as a caregiver and the senior in your care some relief. Sometimes a plan will need adjustments and flexibility is okay when special moments or unique opportunities arise. However, it is best not to make a habit of veering from the routine and being indulgent, otherwise the schedule loses it its purpose.

 

Make sure that the caregiving routine you create is something that is enjoyable and actually attainable for both of you. Do not simply construct a daunting idealistic schedule that can only work in a perfect world. You will just end up frustrated and exhausted to trying to complete it. Along with meeting the needs of the senior in your care, it is important to schedule time for yourself too and the things that make you happy. This will help you to be in better spirits and carry out your caregiving duties with greater enthusiasm.

How Much Change Is Good For Seniors with Alzheimer’s?

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When a senior loved one has fallen victim to a severely mentally deteriorating disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia, good caregivers often seek to make their living space as safe as possible. Sometimes well-meaning caregivers will change the entire arrangement of a home, swept up in removing hazards and adding locks to avoid accidents. However, caregivers must keep in mind that altering the environment of a senior with cognitive debilitations can also be very disorienting for them as well as helpful.  Not all change is good for seniors with Alzheimer’s.

 

Often times, a senior has lived in the same home for many years, and is still able to navigate through the house with a sort of muscle memory about the layout of their familiar environment. Rearranging the home all together may contribute to some subconscious confusion in addition to their hampered cognition, making it even harder to get around. It may be best to retain a familiar surrounding.

 

Depending on the severity of your loved one’s case, some adjustments may surely need to be made. If a senior with dementia is prone to wander off, then door alarms or other precautions may need to be installed. Also, if a senior generally kept a messy home when living independently, the mess and clutter may add to the confusion as well, and disorient a senior’s sense of space. An untidy environment may also increase the likelihood of trips and falls. So, it will be up to you to gauge the necessary balance between maintaining a comfortable familiar surrounding and reorganizing space for safety purposes.

 

If you feel that changes to your senior loved one’s environment are in fact needed, then it may be best to de-clutter or safety-proof a home gradually. An overnight reconstruction of an Alzheimer patient’s living space can be an overwhelming change; but selectively removing or reorganizing unnecessary items around the home over time can be beneficial.

 

For many seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, routine is the key to sanity. It is often comforting and less mentally exerting to stay in a zone of sameness with fewer surprises.. Whenever you make a change or move something important to an elder in your care, try to be sure that they see you move their cane or bracelet or chair, so that it will register more easily in their mind, instead of coming off as a total surprise to discover later.

 

No one knows your loved one better than you do, so as their caregiver, try to figure out their own personal tolerance level for change when trying to craft an accommodating living space for their cognitive condition

Detecting And Preventing Elder Abuse / Neglect

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Elder abuse or mistreatment includes intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver with harmful effect on a person 60 years of age or older. Although there have been vast improvements to assisted living and senior care facilities over the past decades to ensure senior residents are cared for and accommodated properly, senior abuse is still a problem that some seniors face on a daily basis. All 50 states have laws in place to protect seniors from abuse, and the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force is working to improve the methods in place for screening and inquiring to detect abuse and neglect among seniors.

 

Laws and policies are in place to enforce the rights of seniors and protect them from all the various forms of abuse, including but not limited to:

Physical abuse: Causing pain or injury to a senior.

Emotional abuse: Causing mental pain/distress to a senior by verbal or nonverbal acts.

Sexual abuse: Non-consensual sexual acts of any sort.

Neglect: Failure to provide food, shelter, or medical attention to a senior.

Abandonment: A caregiver deserting the senior for whom they are responsible.

Self-Neglect: Failure to provide self-care tasks that endangers senior health.

 

Signs of Elder Abuse

 

In circumstances where abuse has occurred, a senior may attempt to keep the abuse a secret due to fear, shame, embarrassment, dependency on their caregiver, or other psychological reasons. The senior may also be incapable of expressing or realizing their abusive situation due to a mental condition that is being taken advantage of. There are however, some basic signs to look out for in order to discover some possible abuse that is taking place. The warning signs of elder abuse can be physical or behavioral.

Physical indications of abuse may include: bruising, burns, dehydration, malnutrition, missing medications, scalp swelling, unexplainable fractures, poor medical condition in spite of proper medical access to medicine, patterned injuries (like slap or bite marks), as well as evidence of sexual abuse.

Emotional indications of abuse may include: frequent arguing or tension between an elder and their caregiver, unaccountable changes to the elder’s mood or personality, depression, or a general state of unease.

 

Preventing/Detecting Abuse

 

In order to prevent elder abuse, it is helpful to review the testimonies and reviews of any prospective assisted living facilities when doing your initial research. Meet with the staff and get a feel for the quality, atmosphere, and community of the facility, as well as what resources are available to senior residents who are experiencing problems.

 

To detect abuse that is already taking place, be sure to listen to your loved one and monitor their behavior when in their presence. Also listen to the caregiver and gauge the vibe you notice from the interaction between the two. Intervene if you suspect that any abuse is taking place. And educate your senior loved one about what they can do if they are experiencing abuse.

Professional resources for handling elder abuse include:

  • The Administration of Aging
  • American Medical Association
  • National Clearing House On Abuse In Elder Life

 

Researching the websites and phone numbers for these facilities will equip you with your options for how to handle any dangerous situations.

 

 

Pet Friendly Assisted Living

Pet Friendly Assisted LivingThere was an episode of the Twilight Zone in the 50’s where a senior man refused to walk through the gates of heaven if they wouldn’t let him bring his dog in with him.  Fortunately, they did let him, and it is certain that many senior citizens feel just as strongly about wanting to bring their beloved pets with them while transitioning to their next stage of life— assisted living.  Many communities today have taken into account the benefits that owning pets can provide, such as stress relief, happiness, and feelings of companionship.  Studies have even found medical benefits such as lowered blood pressure and heart rate to be attributed to pet owning.  In response, many senior care facilities are now not only pet friendly, but also offer nurturing, grooming, and pet sitting services for the resident’s four-legged roommates— assisting their living too!

When searching for your ideal assisted living option, make sure to investigate some of the following factors regarding their policies on pets:

• Does the assisted living community allow pets in the first place?
• Is the weight or size of your pet an important factor?
• Does the senior care community make restrictions to certain breeds?~Is more than one pet allowed?  If so, how many?
• Are there exceptions or special cases where a pet-restricted community may allow pets?  Such as comfort animals, or seeing-eye dogs?

Read: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Assisted Living

Once these matters have been addressed, potential assisted living residents can explore what other services, programs, or pet friendly options are available for their domestic animals. Some communities, even provide the services of Pet Coordinators to keep an eye on resident’s pets, safeguarding any registered animals and making sure they are receiving proper medications, food, and physical activity.  Be sure to go over these prospects when consulting your assisted living options, if the idea of living arrangement without your pet does not sound like heaven.

 

Senior Loneliness

Dangers of Seniors Living AloneC.S. Lewis once said that, “friendship gives value to survival,” and today, medical research is showing that friendship also helps you survive.  It is becoming more clear that those who maintain rich friendships and stay social with others in their communities well into their later years generally hold on to cognitive and physical health longer than their introverted and misanthropic peers.

Studies have found that relationships are factors in fighting the development of mental disorders, including depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s, all of which are conditions often worsened by high levels of senior loneliness.  Friendships serve to keep people active, engaged, and motivated, by providing sources of incitement to activity, which is good for stimulating and exercising the mind and body, as well as offering a sense of purpose.

Many seniors find themselves alone toward the end of their lives, not because they dislike people or have antisocial tendencies, but rather because life’s circumstances were arranged that they lost, or fell out of touch with, those closest to them, and now they don’t know how to reach out to anyone new.

More and more seniors are finding that elder care communities are places that serve as outlets for now isolated extraverts to meet and develop friendships with others. The good news is that the assisted Living facilities of today do not offer mere health care to senior residents, but also “social capital.” Social capital is anything that builds trust, interconnectedness, and participation among members of a community.  And as seniors face retirement and loss of friends and family, social capital tends to decline with age.  In response, assisted living facilities are attempting to broaden the social horizons of residents; in research has shown that seniors living in communities with greater social capital were healthier and had higher mobility than seniors in communities with lower social capital.

Read: How To Protect Our Elders

Interviews conducted with seniors, asking questions regarding how many people they felt they could rely on for help or trust with private matters, determined that the size of an older person’s social network was a determinant in decreasing the likelihood of developing dementia by 26 percent, and that maintaining daily contact with friends and family though visits, telephone communication, and mail reduces the chance of dementia by about half.

It seems clear that keeping people in your life into your later years can contribute to health as well as overall quality of life.  Even if you do not consider yourself to be or want to be a bubbly, socialite, simply taking the time to participate to some degree in your community or be around others can serve to help your cognition and general health.  So, if assisted living is something that you have considered for yourself or a loved one, but never took the time to look into, now may be a good time to start researching your options, especially if you are in want of a social outlet.

Tips For Visiting Grandparents With Alzheimer’s

AlzheimersIt is a traumatic and devastating experience for everyone in the family when the senior members begin to lose hold of precious memories as the effects of Alzheimer’s worsen. How does “the family” exist in this state, where they can hardly share in the memories they have built together?   One of the most difficult tasks facing families is how a parent can explain to their young children that grandma or grandpa, who shares so many memories of baking great food and telling them how much they are loved, is having trouble recognizing and remembering who their grandchildren are!

It is important to educate grandchildren as best as you can about the disease, to let them build feelings of sympathy and love rather than fear and betrayal.  Be sure to let them know that in many cases it is not impossible to still have some kind of meaningful relationship with grandparents suffering from memory loss, and that they can still participate in each other’s life.

Read: How To Care For Someone With Alzheimer’s 

The family must do its best to strengthen its ties and come closer together by taking up the mindset of “living in the now” for as long as possible, as the affected seniors are faced with letting go of the future as they’re losing grip on the past.  In these inherently difficult situations, all that can be done is to make the best of it, let the grandchildren appreciate this lesson in how precious time really is, when not everyone is always guaranteed tomorrow.

When taking the family to visit a grandparent with Alzheimer’s, make sure that the grandchildren are prepared for what they are likely to experience, and let it be understood that the senior member of the family will need to be treated extra sensitivity, support, and patience in this tough circumstance.  If the grandparent’s memory is still partially in tact regarding family members, it may be a meaningful and beneficial practice to find ways of documenting or capturing each subsequent visiting experience in photographs, to help remind them of these special moments later.  Find activities that grandkids may use to still be able to reach out to them, like card games grandparents may still enjoy and remember how to play.

Children are often frightened and threatened by things that they do not understand, but kids are also capable of deep love, commitment, and optimism which can be inspiring and endearing to those they visit.  So, take the time to explain Alzheimer’s to the grandchildren of the family, and build a stronger bond through education and empathy.

Memory Loss

Improve Your MemoryMemory loss is a condition that affects millions of Americans and it can be a frustrating and emotionally stressful hardship to endure when attempting daily activities.  While some of the more serious memory loss disorders like Alzheimer’s remain without a cure, medical research has shown that there are numerous precautions and lifestyle habits that can be applied to prevent memory loss down the road.  Protecting a brain that is still healthy is certainly easier and favored option to fixing a damaged brain.  Fortunately, methods to prevent cognitive deterioration are relatively simple, inexpensive, and bordering on common sense, giving you more control than you may realize!

Plenty of medical literature is available with tips and strategies for keeping the brain healthy and averting cognitive decline.  The works of authors Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan, including, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, The Memory Prescription, and Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, provide excellent information grounded in extensive research aimed to arm you with the knowledge and tools you need to fight for your extended mental fitness.

Research emphasizes the following as being the most helpful approaches to preserving a healthy brain as long as possible:

• Nutrition – maintaining a healthy diet, avoiding excess refined sugar and processed foods, while nourishing the body with water, fruits, vegetables, and vitamins are a great way to refresh the brain. Green Tea, rich in polyphenols (antioxidants that protect brain cells), and even wine in moderation (1 glass per day for women, 2 for men) has proven to improve memory and cognition.

• Physical Exercise – incorporating some aerobic exercises into the daily routine works to stimulate brain cells. The exercised body produces endorphins that improve mental focus.

• Mental Exercise – Engaging in fun, mentally stimulating activities, like puzzles, manual work, or video games, (activities not too challenging or easy) can improve mental retention and performance by keeping the mind on its toes, so to speak.

• Social Relationships – People are social beings, and developing relationships with others and engaging in communal activities (clubs, volunteering, church) can serve to keep the mind stimulated and engaged. Even the companionship of a pet can provide some relational help.

• Controlling Stress – Enriching the body with routine rest and proper sleep is one of the healthiest precautions that can be taken for the brain. Find time in your schedule to do some meditation and reflection.  And don’t forget that laughter is still the best medicine, as it is a mental activity that rouses most of the brain.

Read: How Lost Memories Due To Alzheimer’s Can Be Restored

These are some of the primary preliminary measures to be taken for preserving a healthy brain.  If you are currently affected by memory loss to the point that it begins to noticeably interfere with performance of usual daily activities, it may be time to seek out medical attention or review your options for assisted living.  The red flags for memory loss becoming more serious lie in increased frequency of unusual incidents like leaving the stove on or forgetting to lock the doors at night.

 

How to Care For Someone with Alzheimer’s


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If you’ve recently found out your loved one has Alzheimer’s, there are a million questions now racing through your mind. You have no experience in taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s, so where do you begin? Read on for a few simple tips on how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Remember, When One Sense is Lost, Another Takes Precedence

Dealing with Alzheimer’s is difficult for you and your loved one. There are going to be physical and emotional functions they will no longer be capable of controlling. As you and your loved one may want to give up, remember, just as one’s hearing seems to improve when they lose sight, they will gain other capabilities. Don’t let one loss bring down your loved one. Find alternative ways to do things. They should not be left out of family gatherings or duties from around the home. Try to keep them in their normal routines.

Communication

Truthfully, communication with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s is difficult from the moment you hear the news. If you’ve never dealt with an Alzheimer’s patient, you don’t know what to expect. How do you break the news to them and your family? What do you do when they stop understanding and following along with what you are saying?

Remember, it’s not that they don’t know the words. So please don’t talk to them like you would to a child. You also should never yell at them. Instead, speak in a calm and reassuring tone. When engaging in conversation, it’s best to do so with minimal distractions around.

Turning off the television will help them focus on just you two. State their name often to keep their attention during the conversation. Speak slowly and directly towards them. Make your sentences short so that they don’t have too much information to process at once. Then, allow them to respond to your comments or questions.

Bathing

Often you will feel as though you’re taking care of a child. However, the bathing process between a child and senior are surely different. You are dealing with someone stronger and more headstrong willed than a child. If they don’t’ want to bathe, it could be because it’s confusing or frightening. So your best step is to prepare them for the experience.

You’ll find that consistency goes a long way with Alzheimer’s patients. Create a bath or shower schedule and stick to it. Before you start to do anything, inform them of your actions. So if it’s starting the water, washing their back, or grabbing the towel from the bar, let them know.

Bring all the essentials into the bathroom with you. This way you don’t need to go in and out of the bathroom. The more organized you are the calmer they will be.

Dressing

Dressing a person with Alzheimer’s can present a challenge as well, however, if done right, it can be an easy task. The key to dressing an Alzheimer’s patient is to dress them comfortably. This is also an opportunity for them to feel secure and in charge about their lives. They can make a decision about themselves, from the undergarments they wear to the shoes on their feet.

Again, have a consistent schedule and process together for them to put their clothing on for the day or night. At the beginning of the week, place several outfits out into a section of the closet. This will be the clothing you expect them to wear, yet give them the opportunity to select it for the day. If you find they have favorite clothing items, perhaps a particular shirt, buy multiples. It will definitely relieve the stress from you needing to wash three or four times a week to ensure it’s clean each day.

If you find they are more upset if they aren’t able to dress themselves on their own, be mindful of the attire you set out for them. For example, clothing with lots of buttons, zippers, and strings can be frustrating for them. Opt for clothing with little to none. Velcro and elastic waist banded clothing is every caretaker’s friend.

Also, make sure you allow enough time for them to get dressed. Trying to rush them will frustrate them, and it could spiral to other unfortunate behaviors throughout your day.

Eating

If there’s ever a time to need patience with a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s, it’s during mealtime. Some seniors want to eat all day while others don’t want to eat at all. You’ll need to find ways to balance their diets. Your loved one may enjoy watching television during this time. However, it’s a distraction and will make the process that much harder and longer.

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Work out a deal with them and offer frequent reminders. Tell them you both will watch a particular television show once they’ve finished eating. This helps them focus on eating, chewing, and holding their utensils correctly.

Be sure to have a variety of choices available. For instance, if you prepare an entire meal with meat, potatoes, and vegetables, have a can of soup ready. Do not give them bland food either. If they are on a restricted diet with limited sugar or salt intake, read up and watch cooking television shows to see how you can substitute and offer tasty food. Many foods you can change the food’s texture, flavors, and colors to make your loved one happy.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s just requires patience, understanding, and researching ways to make them comfortable.

Do you know of anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer’s? How did it make you feel the first time you found out? What was something amazing you noticed about their caretaking skills?