There are few diseases that have as profound an impact on the families of the patients as dementia disease. As the family caregiver, you may feel overwhelmed by the growing need to protect the safety and health of someone you love who is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease. If so, you are not alone. According to the Alzheimer's Association, as of June 2017, there are more than 15 million people in the United States providing home care to a loved one with Alzheimer's.
At SYNERGY HomeCare of Annapolis we understand that dementia care is not only about helping the patient cope, but also about catering to the needs of their family. Our highly trained professional dementia caregivers help family members gain balance in their lives by being able to step out of their role as a caregiver and focus on being in the present moment with their loved one. Families have a calming sense of security in knowing an experienced dementia caregiver is there when they cannot be and that their loved one is more at ease with the comforts they need in the familiar environment of their home.
To minimize the impact of Alzheimer's disease on you, the family caregiver, there are a number of steps that you can take to help take care of not only your parent but yourself and other family members as well.
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SYNERGY HomeCare of Annapolis is a leading provider of dementia care in Anne Arundel County, with highly qualified caregivers specially trained in dementia care who understand how to manage the unique challenges that occur throughout the progression of the disease. We offer flexible hourly and live-in care plans, and are committed to helping seniors with dementia enjoy the comforts of home, while promoting their safety and personal independence.
Due to the degenerative nature of dementia, it is important to track the progression of the condition and its symptoms, ensuring comfort and safety for the patient while making sure family members and medical professionals are always informed. Our caregivers track your loved one’s mood, behavior and daily needs, and pay special attention to the functionality of the five primary domains of the mind:
Memory care patients with Alzhiemer’s or dementia can easily become agitated when simple tasks they used to perform are now difficult for them. Here are seven tips to help ease or prevent that frustration:
Establish a daily routine. Be sure to establish daily routine during times they are typically most alert and lucid. Do allow for spontaneity!
Give yourself more time. This is about self-care you you, the caregiver. Understand that nothing you do together is going to be quick. Be sure to schedule breaks for yourself.
Let them help. If you allow your loved one to do as much as possible without much help from you, you’ll both be happier. Examples are dressing, setting the table, etc.
Offer choices. Not with everything, but things like getting dressed, give them two choices and let them select one outfit. Or maybe just the shoes. With an activity, ask them if they want to put a puzzle together or go for a walk.
Give simple instructions. Short, sweet and concise instructions will render best with memory care patients.
Limit napping. You can minimize them getting their days and nights mixed up by limiting how many naps they take daily.
Remove distractions. Especially during meals where they can easily be distracted. No TV or radio so they can focus on eating.
Because Alzheimer’s and dementia impair judgment and problem-solving skills, injury risks are heightened.
Here are four safety tips you can use to limit accidents and injury:
1. Prevent falls. Throw rugs, extension cords and any clutter that could cause falls should be removed. Handrails or grab bars in critical areas are a terrific preventative measure.
2. Use locks. Just like baby-proofing your home, it’s important to reduce access to potentially dangerous substances(medicines, cleaning supplies, etc.),
3. Check water temperature. This happens more than you might imagine. The best thing to do is lower the thermostat on the hot-water heater to prevent burns or install a color light to identify hot (red) and cold (blue) water. Some caregivers post signs by the water faucet to remind the patient of the hot water danger.
3. Fire safety. Keep matches and lighters out of reach. Have a fire extinguisher handy and keep the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors fresh.
Give your loved one the compassionate dementia care he or she deserves. Trust SYNERGY HomeCare for the help you need. It is what we do. Contact us today to learn more and see if home care is the best solution for you.