The habit of forgetting is quite common. We forget where we keep our car keys; often we forget to call our loved ones on their birthdays; husbands are quite infamous for forgetting their anniversary dates. This is quite casual and even if we repeat that, it will barely concern us. There is nothing to be serious about here, right? But, what if you forgot how to drive instead of just forgetting the car keys; or you couldn’t identify the person whose birthday or anniversary you missed. This is where it gets serious. These are also signs of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease, or more commonly Alzheimer’s, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that reduces the ability to remember. It occurs mainly during middle or old age, due to a progressive degeneration of the brain. In layperson’s terms, the patient would lose cognitive, physical, and functional ability one after the other. The patient would become highly dependent, making everything a challenge for him as well as people around.
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Caring for Alzheimer’s patients – Dealing with an Alzheimer’s patient can be overwhelming at times, but with the right mindset and planning, you can easily help them get on with the usual life.
Here is a unique SUPPORT PLAN you can follow to take care of an Alzheimer’s patient at home easily:
We are dividing Alzheimer’s Care into subcategories where each category has its own set of instructions and safety tips. Follow each of them closely to avoid any complications.
In-home care – For Stage 5 and higher patients, they will need assistance with daily tasks, such as bathing, brushing teeth, putting on clothes, shaving, etc.
Bathing – Use hand-held shower heads; Make them sit on a shower stool to prevent slipping due to wet floor
Brushing – Brush your teeth along with them; can also go for an electric brush
Grooming – Use electric trimmers; avoid the one with razor blades
Getting dressed – Trousers/pants with elastic waistbands, slip-on shoes, t-shirts instead of shirts, etc., are easy to put on; avoid belts and ties
Eating – Sit with them while eating and stress on eating slowly; Offer properly boiled, softer foods that require less chewing
Out-home care – Memory troubles affect the most when they interact with the outside world. Without assistance, they might face a lot of trouble when outside.
Driving – Always drive for them; prevent from using public transportation
Morning walks – Getting lost even when travelling the familiar route is quite common; set a mobile monitoring device so that you can always track them
Exercising – Encourage physical activities, but try doing it indoors; prevent commute to gyms or yoga centers
Few other important tips:
- Remove harmful objects such as blades, knives, matches, etc.
- Remember to never share house keys or any other important documents with them
- Use technology as much as you can. There are many health monitoring apps that could help you manage their routines easily
- Get professional help. You might not be able to cope on your own all the time. There are services that offer at-home caregiving nurse and house attendants who can look after them just like you do.
Note: iRelief offers 24×7 at-home care services for Alzheimer’s patients. Get professionally trained and highly experienced nurses, attendants, and caregivers to look after your loved ones at home.