Senior Care Stress in Jenkintown, PA – Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Can Be a Challenge – Try These Ideas for Making Things Easier
When your senior loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, caring for them can have its ups and downs. Knowing more about the disease can give you some resiliency and help you cope. An occupational therapist can work with you and your loved one to show you how they can compensate for the limitations they experience with this illness. It helps for learning new skills in day-to-day functioning.
Here are some strategies you can try:
- Make sure there are few to no distractions. If there is TV or radio playing it will be hard for them to understand what you’re saying. It also makes it more difficult for them to focus on anything else. Don’t have too many food choices at a meal and make sure the dishes are plain and not too colorful.
- Keep to a routine as much as possible. You can even write it down and post it on the fridge. Once you discover which time of day they are at their best, do the most difficult activities during that time of day. For example, bathing.
- Provide cues and helps for activities but encourage them to do as much of each task as possible. If they need help getting dressed, choose simple pull-on clothes and lay them out on the bed in the order they need to put them on. Avoid complicated zippers and buttons and so on.
- Keep the house safe by using grab bars in the bathroom, making sure the floors are non-slip, getting rid of throw mats and using contrasting colors to distinguish floors from walls. Turn down the temperature control on the hot water tank so they can’t scald themselves with the hot water taps.
- Make sure you use some positive means to manage your stress. You need some support for yourself, and you could consider counselling. Find something to help you relax – a warm bath maybe, and take time for yourself on a regular basis.
Don’t let caregiver stress build up! When you start feeling like you are bogged down, ask a friend or family member to take a turn caregiving for you. You could even hire Alzheimer’s home care for a few days each week. You can’t ignore your own needs; they need to come first if you are hoping to be able to continue on caregiving for your family member in the future.
If you or your loved one could benefit from the help of senior care in Jenkintown, PA and the surrounding areas, contact the caregivers at Right at Home East Montgomery and South Bucks Counties, PA. Call (215) 995-2674 for more information.
Chris has been married for 26 years to his lovely wife and business partner Maria Campbell, RN. They have 2 boys ages 20 and 25.
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