Home Care in Danbury CT
One of the things that suffers first for your loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's is her independence. She gradually has less and less say over her own life, and it can be very difficult for her to accept. Here are some ways to help her maintain some independence.
Make Getting Dressed Super Easy
Decisions can be difficult for a loved one who has memory problems, but you don't want to take them all away from her, either. When it comes to getting dressed, try offering your loved one a choice of two outfits instead of showing her the whole closet and simply telling her that it's time to get dressed. Giving her a choice eliminates a lot of the frustration for her of making a choice, and yet she still gets the opportunity to make a choice.
Keep Some Dignity in Personal Care
It's difficult for your loved one to have so much change in her life. One of the changes may be that she's no longer as in control of her personal schedule as she was. Instead of making her adhere to a strict schedule, give her a looser timeframe to get ready. Make sure that she has all of her favorite personal care products from soaps to lotions available and allow her to handle what she can handle on her own.
Give Your Loved One Privacy When Possible
There's an even greater loss of dignity for your loved one if there are personal care tasks that she's not able to take care of fully on her own anymore. When it's possible, definitely allow her the privacy that she needs. Sometimes family members are simply too close to be able to handle personal care with dignity for everyone, and that's when experienced home care providers can really save the day.
Modify Favorite Activities
Even if your loved one's memory isn't what it used to be, her preferences likely haven't changed all that much. Try to modify some of her favorite activities so that they're appropriate for what she can handle now. If she used to enjoy attending events in person but now finds crowds overwhelming, find a way to enjoy those events at home, either via TV or videos. Try to be creative about how you modify the activities.
Look for other ways to help your loved one live a full and happy life, even with memory issues.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Danbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.