Becoming a Caregiver for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Do you have a loved one that has begun to suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia? It can be hard to make the transition from family member to caregiver, but there are a few steps you can take to ease the process.
It’s important to educate yourself about your loved one’s disease, whether it’s Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Try not to dive in too deep as it can be overwhelming, but seek out reputable information, so you know what to expect as you both go forward. In the early stages, you will be able to support your family member’s independence, but their condition can progress to a point where they need 24/7 care. It’s also a good idea to discuss long-term plans with them while they are still able to understand the situation at hand. You should both take the time to consult with a medical team and discuss any questions and concerns either of you may have.
Take Care of Yourself
Taking care of a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia is a noble duty, but to provide the best care for your loved one, you need to ensure you are taking care of yourself as well. It’s not selfish, you need to be at your best in order to give them your best.
- Join a support group
- Try to exercise regularly
- Use available medical resources
- Take a caregiving course
- Most importantly, ask for help; you can’t do it alone.
Develop a Routine
Developing a daily routine will help you and your family member with Alzheimer’s or Dementia cope with the challenges ahead. Although it is okay to vary from your schedule slightly, having a consistent routine will help your loved one understand what is going on. Setting specific times for certain activities like waking up, bathing, eating, and getting ready for bed can help those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia adapt to their new situation. It’s also helpful to combine each activity with a visual cue, like setting the table with a specific place setting, because it can help them understand their routine better than verbal cues in some instances. Also, try to do your best to allow them to independently complete the tasks they are able to do on their own. Your family member may not be able to complete these tasks on their own for much longer, but while they can, it will maintain their sense of independence and dignity, which is extremely important.
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