Alzheimer’s care refers to the care and assistance provided to Alzheimer’s dementia patients. Attending patients affected by Alzheimer’s disease is a great challenge as it demands immense patience and flexibility in handling them.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive restriction of daily activities of a person. As the brain cells in these patients are destroyed, they are pushed into mental disorder. As the brain cell destruction progresses, it results in the increased restriction of daily activities. It generally affects the people above the age of 55.
Problems Faced by Alzheimer’s Patients
People with Alzheimer’s dementia have issues in thinking, decision making, problem solving, and language problems. Their personality traits change and their confusion increases day by day. Though there is no cure for this disease, medication can be provided to reduce the symptoms and prolong the full effects of the disease.
Giving care at home to Alzheimer’s patients is a difficult task. However, if you follow certain guidelines, it becomes easier and less frustrating. Schedule medication, bathing, or health care activities in the times when the patient is more cooperative and calm. Allot more time for even simpler tasks, like bathing. Let the patient do most of the chores independently with less assistance. Limit the choices or options given to them to reduce their confusion. Always give instructions to such patients in simple words and in easy steps so that they can follow them without difficulty. Avoid any distractions whenever you have a conversation with them.
As their ability to do work and recognize reduces day by day, you should have a flexible routine to adapt to their needs. Though the patient may not recognize the people he or she is talking to, it is essential to have meetings and conversations like this. Change your communication style depending on the needs of the patient.