Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that progresses in stages.
By the time an older adult reaches the middle stage they are likely to need assistance with many day-to-day tasks. During the final stage, the person will depend on others and 24-hour care. Alzheimer’s is also often a long-term disease, with people living up to 20 years following the initial diagnosis. While caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is never easy, there are things you can do to lessen the amount of work placed on family caregivers and make life with the disease a little easier for everyone. Below are 4 tips for you to try.
#1 Break Down Tasks
In an article posted on AARP’s website, writer Amy Goyer describes caring for her father for 15 years after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease. One of the things she did that allowed her dad to remain as independent as possible, and also lessened her workload, was to break tasks down into small steps he could manage on his own. This approach allowed Goyer and others to focus on what her dad could do rather than on what he couldn’t, boosting his self-esteem. And, by letting your aging relative do the things they can, like folding laundry or drying dishes, you’ll have more time to handle other things.
#2 Set a Daily Routine
Having a daily routine can help the senior to go through each day with less confusion. Try to get up, have meals, and go to bed at the same time each day. It can also help to post a whiteboard in the house on which you write information about the day. For example, write down the date, day of the week, and who will be caring for the senior that day. In addition, write down any special events, such as, “Hair appointment at 3:00” or “Shirley is coming for lunch today.”
#3 Wear Matching Clothing on Outings
When you take your aging relative on outings, it can be easy for them to get lost in a crowd. The Alzheimer’s Association suggests that the caregiver and senior wear the same color shirt, so they can find each other. This way, if your loved one loses you in the crowd and cannot remember what you were wearing, they can look down at their own shirt and remember. Brightly colored clothes can also make it easier to spot one another in a crowd.
#4 Get Help from Senior Care
Eventually, people with Alzheimer’s disease need round-the-clock care. This can be difficult for family members to handle on their own. That’s where senior care can step in to lend a hand. Senior care providers can be scheduled to spend just a few hours per day up to full days or overnight with the older adult, helping you to fill in gaps in their care schedule. Senior care providers can assist with things like dressing, bathing, eating, preparing meals, cleaning the house, and much more.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.