People with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders have abnormalities in their thinking, memory, and reasoning that influence their daily lives. People with these conditions will eventually require greater help with their routines and everyday chores. Bathing, grooming, and dressing are examples of this. Here are a few pointers to think about as the condition progresses:
- Create a daily schedule. Some activities, such as showering or going to the doctor, are more manageable when the individual is alert and refreshed. Allow aside some wiggle room for unexpected events or particularly trying days.
- Assist the individual in keeping track of to-do lists, appointments, and activities in a notepad or calendar.
- Involve the person as much as possible. Allow the person to do as much as possible.
- Keep your instructions simple.
- Give the person ample time to eat and provide meals in a consistent, familiar location.
- During the day, avoid taking repeated or extended naps. This reduces the chances of having the days and nights mixed up.
- Be nice and considerate. Tell the person what you’re going to do, step by step, while bathing or dressing them.
- When you require assistance, ask for it. This might entail enlisting the assistance of family and friends or contacting local services for more assistance.
- Make sure the individual has adequate illumination in all of the rooms and outdoor spaces he or she accesses.
- Give them clear and limited choices.
- Speak in a calm manner. Pay attention to his or her worries and frustrations. If the individual is furious or afraid, try to indicate that you understand.
Each person with This disorder will have a unique experience with the illness’s symptoms and development. Make these helpful hints specific to the requirements of your family member. Knowing more about your loved one’s illness can prepare you for what to expect as dementia advances and what you can do to help.