Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible illness of the brain that is caused by the death of many brain cells. This influences the individual ability to usually remember normal things such as how to get home, make a good judgment, or think clearly. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and the only way to manage it is the treatment of symptoms. Therefore, the caregiver plays a vital role that can make a difference in Alzheimer’s patients’ quality of life. Take care of an Alzheimer’s patient can be exhausting, stressful and there cases where the caregivers have been shown to display signs of depression and anxiety. Because Alzheimer’s patient’s condition continues to deteriorate over time, the caregivers can become can experience burnout and even neglect their health. Therefore, caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients seeking support and help is not a luxury but a necessity. To give some help we have prepared a few tips you can use to take care of your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
The first thing you need to do is learn about Alzheimer’s disease. Given that Alzheimer’s disease progresses with time bringing new challenges every time for caregivers, it is important to learn symptoms associated with every stage so that you can plan. There are three stages of Alzheimer’s disease namely mild, moderate, and severe, where each has different symptoms associated with it. Mild Alzheimer’s patient can function independently during this stage the primary symptoms include challenges in concentrations and remembering recent events as well as difficulties in writing and problem-solving. In the case of moderate Alzheimer’s, it is associated with significant memory loss and confusion. When people are at moderate Alzheimer’s they have challenges recognizing their family members, difficulties in following instructions, insomnia, and unable to get dressed. Severe Alzheimer’s patients require assistance with almost all basic daily activities, for example sitting, walking, and even eating. At the severe stage, people lose awareness of their surroundings and the ability to engage in conversation.
The other important thing is to create a routine. It is wise that you get help from Alzheimer’s caregivers in establishing a daily schedule. This will help you reinforce your familiarity with Alzheimer’s patients. However, you need to be careful not to make a significant change to the routine of Alzheimer’s patients because it can be confusing. However, some changes are inevitable such as switching care settings or getting a new care provider. But is important to recognize that Alzheimer’s people require time to adjust to a new setting and people therefore, these changes need to be implemented gradually.
The other vital consideration is the planning of activities. It is important to keep Alzheimer’s patients active with some simple daily occupations such as dancing, walking, cooking, household chores, visiting friends, and family among other simple tasks. These activities should be done the time of day the Alzheimer’s patient is at their best which may vary from one Alzheimer’s patient to another. Those are some ideas we thought can help you take care of Alzheimer’s patients, but also important is to help them eat a nutritious diet, engage them in communication and help them boost their self-esteem.