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Simple Ways Alzheimer’s Caregivers Can Improve Daily Living

Providing Alzheimer’s care in Boca Raton requires flexibility, patience, and a plan. 
Seniors with Alzheimer’s can become agitated when tasks that were once simple become difficult, and caregivers can become frustrated with the challenges of meeting a loved one’s care needs. Caregivers can use the following tips to make daily living better for both themselves and their senior loved one.

Schedule wisely.

You can establish a routine that makes each day less confusing and more predictable. Also, try to schedule the most difficult tasks, like a medical appointment, at a time of day that will be the most calm and agreeable for your senior loved one.

Take your time.

Expect things to take longer than before the Alzheimer’s diagnosis and plan accordingly.  Caregivers should schedule more time for every activity so a senior with Alzheimer’s doesn’t end up feeling rushed or hurried, which can lead to an outburst.

Involve your loved one.

Allow your loved one to do as much as possible on his or her own with as little assistance as necessary. As an example, if he or she is able to dress by themselves lay out their clothes in the order they are put on.

Limit choices.

The fewer options seniors with Alzheimer’s have the easier it will be to make a choice. For instance, you can provide two outfits your loved one can choose from instead of a closet of clothes. Feeling overwhelmed can also lead to outbursts or other challenging behaviors.

Provide simple instructions.

If you ask your loved one to do something, have them do it one step at a time, and clearly articulate each step as you go.

Reduce distractions.

Minimize distractions during conversations and mealtime so he or she can focus on tasks at hand. This is also important if your loved one tends to feel stressed or overly stimulated in group settings.

Your loved one’s demeanor and symptoms will vary a little from day to day. Consider relaxing expectations a little bit–bathing may not be necessary every day—to help both you and your senior loved one will feel less stressed and frustrated.

For help managing your loved one’s care needs, turn to Boca Raton Home Care Assistance. Our highly trained and experienced caregivers can help around the home, provide safety monitoring, and give you peace of mind that your loved one has compassionate, professional care when you’re not present. To learn more, call (561) 826.9282 and schedule a free in-home consultation.