Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease takes flexibility, patience, and commitment. Things are going to be difficult at times and frustrations will arise. The good news is that there are ways to reduce some frustrations when caring for someone who has this disease. One of the best ways to help your senior is to bring in Alzheimer’s home care providers to offer support for them and respite for you.
Here are a few ways to reduce frustration when caring for your senior with Alzheimer’s:
One of the frustrations that may arise when taking care of someone who has Alzheimer’s disease has to do with scheduling. There are going to be many appointments. The home care schedule can be quite complicated as your elderly loved one may need help during the day and nighttime hours. You can’t do this all on your own without staying there all the time and even then, it can be quite tiring. The better you can get with keeping a schedule and calendar for your elderly loved one’s appointments and care, the fewer frustrations there will be in regard to this area.
Taking Extra Time
Another one of the common frustrations with caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s is that there is never enough time or you run out of time. For example, you may constantly be getting to your elderly loved one’s appointments late. This could be due to them getting agitated before they leave for their appointment. If this is a common occurrence, it would be best to leave extra time to deal with those issues, so there aren’t even more problems. If needed, you can hire Alzheimer’s home care to help with your loved one’s care. That way, you don’t have to spend the extra time getting your elderly loved one ready and going to their appointments, too.
Involve Your Elderly Loved One
Just because your elderly loved one has Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t mean they can’t be involved in anything. In fact, you and your elderly loved one may be less frustrated if they know what is going on and can help with some of the planning or decision-making. For example, you can involve your elderly loved one in choices that need to be made. So, if you want to have chicken fajitas for dinner, you can ask what toppings they are going to want on the fajitas. By having a say in the decision-making, your elderly loved one may be less agitated, leading to fewer frustrations for you, as well.
Give Simple Instructions
Are you getting agitated that your elderly loved one is always on edge when you ask them to do something? Part of the reason for this may be that you are asking them to do too much at once. Now that they have Alzheimer’s disease, you must keep instructions simple. If there is a task that must be done in multiple parts, only give one or two instructions at a time. Once they get that part done, you can give more instructions. If needed, you can even get Alzheimer’s home care services. The home care providers can work with your elderly loved one on instructions, too.
These are some of the best ways to reduce frustrations when taking care of someone who has Alzheimer’s disease. If you need additional help in caring for your elderly loved one who has this disease, don’t hesitate to give our team a call.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Alzheimer’s care in Melrose, MA, please contact the caring staff at Nurta Home Healthcare today. (781)-300-7495
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