9 Tips To Be The Best Alzheimer's Caregiver You Can Be

 

 

It’s been a hard journey caregiving so far. Everything you do seems like it’s not enough. There’s just not enough time in the day to get everything you need to get done and take care of your loved one. Here are some tips and tricks  that may help you find more time in your day to be the best caregiver for your loved one.

 

It’s been a hard journey caregiving so far. Everything you do seems like it’s not enough. There’s just not enough time in the day to get everything you need to get done and take care of your loved one. Here are some tips and tricks  that may help you find more time in your day to be the best caregiver for your loved one.

 

1. Prepare family members and guests

 

Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone who comes in contact with your loved-one. It may be helpful to have others introduce themselves rather than having your loved one guess or be uncertain. It may also be helpful to  avoid using phrases such as ‘remember when’ to reduce any frustration or anxiety they may experience feeling as if they should remember.

 

2. Install timed lighting and dimmers

 

Forgetting to turn off the lights is something that’s not uncommon for people without Alzheimer’s disease. So having timed lights will decrease the need for you to come after your loved one to turn off the lights.

 

3. Staircases can be dangerous and a fall risk!

 

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses your loved one may be more likely to fall. To reduce the risk, highlight the edges of each step using lights or tape so your loved one has an easier time to distinguish the steps. Also make sure your staircase is devoid of clutter.

 

4. Use safety locks for medicine cabinets

 

As the disease progresses your loved one may forget that they have already taken their medicine.To avoid possible overdosing, it may be a good idea  to make sure medicine is locked up and away from your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

5. Keep a familiar music playlist for difficult times

 

Familiar music helps bring back good memories for those living with Alzheimer’s disease. When your loved-one gets frustrated, having a playlist on hand can help.

 

6. Take a picture of your fridge and pantry before grocery shopping.

 

You have a lot on your plate as a Alzheimer’s caregiver and you don’t need a grocery list added to it. To help, take a picture of your pantry or refrigerator so you’ll have a visual representation of what you need to get.

 

7. Use yarn to help zip zippers

 

Clothes can become the biggest hassle when it comes to helping a loved-one with Alzheimer’s disease. If a zipper is becoming too hard to grip for your loved-one. You can attach a piece of yarn to it and tie a knot so your loved-one can use it zip their clothes.  

 

8. Prevent your loved one from wandering outside

 

To help avoid incidents of your loved-one wandering off, it’s good to have motion sensors installed in your home or a bell that alarms when people enter or exit the house. Also doors that automatically lock may be a danger to your loved-one so it’s good to place foam stoppers placed at the top of doors in your home.

 

9. Remove floor rugs and runners.

 

Since falling is one of the leading accidents with the elderly, it’s good to remove any rugs or runners in your home. If you do not want to remove them, you can tape them to the ground to prevent your loved-one from having an accident.

 

Caregiving is 24/7 and seems like it never stops. If you’re an experienced caregiver let other caregivers know some tips you learned by signing up to be a guide today!


 

 

 

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