While there are particular commonalities, Alzheimer’s disease affects every individual differently. Our specially trained dementia caregivers know, for example, that even though one individual may appreciate being outdoors, another person could be overwhelmed by so much sensory input and favor a tranquil indoor environment. One may love a morning bath routine, while a bit of resourcefulness is important to help a different person maintain good hygiene.
We also realize that there are specific triggers which can often exacerbate the challenging aspects of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Family caregivers should always be particularly mindful to prevent the following:
- Those with dementia might not be able to recognize when they are thirsty, or may refuse when presented fluids. It is essential to ensure proper hydration to prevent further weakness and confusion. Plain water is the best; nonetheless, if refused, try flavored waters, together with different sorts of cups.
- Individuals diagnosed with dementia experience loneliness as much as anyone else, and without having enough social stimulation, may become increasingly agitated or paranoid. An expert caregiver, like those at Midnight Sun Home Care, who is fully trained in dementia care, can offer proper socialization, giving members of the family a much-needed break from care.
- It’s not unusual for many with Alzheimer’s disease to experience a heightened appetite for cookies, cake, and other sugary snacks, but sugar may also lead to additional irritability. Try offering a variety of healthier options, including fruit, yogurt, or sugar-free goodies.
- Sleeping pills. With the difficulties of common sleep disorders including sundowning, it could be tempting for family caregivers to supply sleeping pills to a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s to encourage a more restful night. Yet these pills raise the risk for falls and other injuries and contribute to fogginess and confusion. Seek the advice of the senior’s physician for an all-natural sleep-inducing option.
- Be aware of what is on television; programs containing crime, violence, and even the nightly news can instill fear and paranoia in those diagnosed with dementia. It might be a good idea to leave the television off and engage your loved one in alternative activities, such as games, puzzles, reading together, exercising, and reminiscing – or choose to view films you’ve very carefully evaluated to ensure content is suitable.
Every member of our dementia caregiving team is highly trained and experienced in providing person-centered, compassionate care to successfully manage the difficulties inherent with Alzheimer’s, and to improve quality of life. Contact us at (907) 677-7890 for further dementia care tips, or for an in-home consultation to find out how our specialized Anchorage memory care can make life brighter for your senior loved one.