Posted by: options4care | February 6, 2012

Caregiving Tips for Dealing With Dementia-Lake County IL

Knowledge is powerful. If you are dealing with a loved one who has been diagnosed with memory issues. You must educate yourself about Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. The more you know about these diseases. The easier it will be to manage the care of a loved one and understand any behavior problems that may arise.

First, take it one day at a time. Having too much on your plate or trying to solve and manage everything at once can overwhelm, frustrate and tire you out. So try to resolve issues one at a time.

When providing care for a loved one that has Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. It is very important to establish a daily routine for you as well as your loved one. A simple routine for activities, meal time, showers and bedtime will help your loved one understand what you expect of him or her. Your loved one will be less confused and this will keep things simple.

Don’t  expect too much at the beginning. While simplifying things, try to keep your loved one active. This helps the person feel that they are still a part of the family and useful. Example: When doing laundry, allow the person to help you fold the clothes. This simple activity will also keep their mind focused.

Keep a balance at all times. Accept the fact that your loved one can no longer perform certain skills. Praise him or her for the abilities they still have and focus on the skills that he or she can still perform. Understan that even small changes in their daily routine like a visitor or an outing can over-stimulate and can upset or confuse your loved one.

A person with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia probably feels helpless, anxious, worried and lost. It is important to have good communication.  Unwanted behavior may depend on you. Always communicate by looking directly at the person. Smile, remain calm and pleasant. Speak slowly. Simple things for your loved one will become difficult so be supportive. Communication is vital in dealing with your loved one.  Take into consideration that your loved one may be feeling tired or having a difficult time making him or herself understood. Ttying to do something by themselves that they can no longer do may make them frustrated. Maybe he or she feels rushed or hurried. Maybe he or she does not fully understand what they were asked to do. Maybe they feel angry because they feel like they are being treated like a child.  This is why communication is vital.

In difficult situations reconsider your approach. Simplify tasks. If your loved one becomes upset, remain calm and don’t express frustration. Re-direct their attention to something else, like offering a drink or snack. Your loved one will quickly forget the problem. Keeping a daily journal will help you identify the causes of upsetting situations helping you to avoid them.

We all need affection It does not matter what age you may be. An important way to communicate with your loved one is also to hold their hand, give them a hug or just sit together watching television. The physical care you give your loved one communicates to them your concern and that they are protected and loved.

Get enough rest.  You may feel like you are in a never ending situation. Not getting a break or enough rest can make you less patient and less able to tolerate irrating behavior, Focus on finding ways to get a break from caregiving responsibilities when you can.

Consider different family members to come help out from time to time. Consider having a professional caregiver come to your home to give you some time off so you can take care of your own needs. Join a support group. Sharing with others may emotionally help you as well as someone else.  Most of all maintain a sense of humor. Laughter is good for the soul. As my mother used to say, “this too shall pass.”

Synergy Home Care of Gurnee IL proudly serves Northern Lake County in  IL. We provide compassionate caring individuals that bring assistance and comfort to families that need care and support for a parent, spouse or family member. If you would like more information, a free assessment on whether in-home care is the right solution for your loved one.  Call and speak with a  Home Care Manager at: 847-388-0014


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