Huntington’s disease is a hereditary disease that causes a degeneration of brain cells. This can lead to progressive dementia. Like any type of dementia, the patient who has this disease requires a high quality of care. For older patients, the right elder care can certainly make a difference when it comes to Huntington’s disease.
Below are six tips that you or someone you know could use to help provide a patient with the best possible elderly health care in the comfort of their home.
- Make sure that their life is simple. Avoid doing a lot of things that are beyond their comfort zone. Also make sure that they get plenty of rest, the right level of exercise, that they eat the proper foods, and try to add in some humor for good measure. Just because someone has Huntington’s disease, that doesn’t mean that they have to stop living or enjoying life to the fullest.
- Have them carry a calendar or other organizer with them wherever they go. This will be ideal for keeping track of appointments and other things that they’re going to need to do throughout the day.
- They might want to carry earplugs with them. People who are dealing with Huntington’s disease may be more sensitive to loud noises than you or me. That’s why it’s a good idea to carry around earplugs with them so that if they are out, at a doctor’s appointment for example, they can cut out a significant portion of the noise that bothers them.
- Have a checklist in the house. Use this checklist for them to make sure that any time they’re going out they can be sure that they have everything that they need. This checklist could be kept by the front door and this would be a way for them to be sure that they know they’ve got everything.
- Rely on alarm clocks. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a digital clock or a watch; relying on alarms can be a great way to help the patient remember that they are supposed to do something or be somewhere, such as taking medication or going to a doctor’s appointment.
- Keep daily tasks on the same day of the week. If the patient tends to do laundry on Tuesday, then it should always be done on Tuesday. Keeping these routines can be crucial for quality elder care for someone with Huntington’s.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Danbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at (203) 731-2560.