Top 10 Shortcuts Every Caregiver Needs to Know

 1.  Prepare family members and guests

Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone that knows your loved-one. Reminding everyone to introduce themselves and to avoid using phrases such as ‘remember when’ will help decrease any frustration your loved-one living with Alzheimer’s might have.


2.  Install timed lighting and dimmers

Forgetting to turn off the lights is something that’s common for people with 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.  Make the staircase easier to see

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses your loved one may be more likely to fall. You can highlight the edges of steps using colored tape to help your loved one distinguish each step. Also make sure your staircase is devoid of clutter or anything your loved one may trip over.


4.  Use child safety locks for medicine cabinets

To avoid possible overdosing, it’s safer to make sure medicine is locked up and away from your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease progresses they may forget that they already took the medicine or may not understand which day it is.


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 change their mood.


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

You have a lot on your plate as an 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 difficult to grip for your loved-one, . You can attach a piece of yarn to it and tie a knot so it is easier to grab and zip their clothes.  


8.  Use motion sensors and foam stoppers to prevent wandering outside or getting locked in.

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 a good idea to remove or to place foam stoppers placed at the top of door to prevent the door from closings 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.


10. Placing Calming Images Around The House

Your loved one may experience high anxiety, frustration, and may attempt to leave the house. Try placing calm and soothing images, such as photos of family, or a place they enjoyed to visit, in hallways and around doors to help them feel more comfortable and familiar with their surroundings.


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