How to Care for a Loved One with Dementia
Improving communication skills can alter the way your loved one deals with dementia symptoms. Being respectful and positive, removing distractions such as background noise and speaking slowly and clearly will allow someone with dementia to respond better. If your loved one begins wandering you should consider installing locks that need a key, assure that they have an identification card on them and prioritize regular exercise and activities. Many dementia patients experience lack of bladder and bowel control, setting a routine for trips to the bathroom and providing clothes that are easy to remove may help. As a dementia patient begins to experience challenges with eating, it may be helpful to develop a consistent schedule of meals and snacks. These small alterations to the way you provide care will help your loved one to be comfortable in their environment.
But at some point, it may become too much. When considering whether it is time to look into memory care options for your loved one, here are five questions to ask yourself:
- Are there safety hazards?
- Have there been incidents, close calls or medical emergencies?
- Have you noticed withdrawal, depression or isolation?
- Is there noticeable weight loss or a change in hygiene practices?
- Is the household unkempt?
While the situation may feel overwhelming, a senior living community can provide relief, safety, health and happiness to everyone involved.
For more resources and support:
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