The Basics of Alzheimer's Care

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					Alzheimer's can be a very tough disease to deal with, especially when you
are the one on the outside looking in. It's hard to understand what the
other person is going through and deal with the symptoms. But you can
prepare yourself and give better Alzheimer's care if you know how to
handle it.The onset of Alzheimer's is often slow and detected early on
when symptoms are minimal. Now is the time in Alzheimer's care to prepare
for future needs. You should consider where and with whom the person is
going to live. Will you be taking them into your own home or putting them
in a senior care home? You also have to decide who is going to make
healthcare and financial decisions for the person when they no longer
have the ability to do so for themselves.The most important thing you can
do during Alzheimer's care is to have a routine. Set up a daily, step by
step schedule that both you and the person you are caring for can follow.
It will give them a sense of structure, something familiar for them which
is very important. It can help orient the person especially when they are
having a momentary memory lapse.Once in a while you can add something
different into the routine, like visitors or other activities. Take it
slow, you don't want to cause a sensory overload. Planning time outdoors
can be a great idea, like taking a walk to the park. Doing things that
involve the senses is all stimulating as well, like singing songs or
dancing.Communication is key. As the Alzheimer's progresses you'll notice
that they way they communicate may be more difficult. Try to keep things
simple for them. Call a person by their name and ask questions one at a
time, waiting for a response before moving on to the next. You want to
give them time to process it all. Make eye contact and pay attention to
how your body language is coming off. Frustration can easily be picked up
by your loved one and it can make them more flustered themselves.A lot of
patience is going to go into Alzheimer's care and you should be ready for
the stress that can come with it. As the disease progresses you may want
to look into long term care or a senior caregiver who can help you with
some of the tasks. You don't have to take on all the responsibility
alone!

				
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