In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, most individuals are able to live and function independently. As the disease progresses, the individuals ability to handle the tasks of daily living will severely decline. Helping your loved one maintain a sense of independence and dignity can severally improve their day to day mood and happiness. Instead of sending your loved ones to a nursing home or assisted living facility, think about a trained caregiver that can help maintain the individuals independence by allowing them to stay in the comfort of their home. Our caregivers have been trained, and continue to receive in-services, to have the proper experience and knowledge when dealing with individuals with Alzheimer’s.
A person who has Alzheimer’s may become agitated once a simple task becomes difficult or impossible. Our services can help individuals by providing personal care such as eating, bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting. We also help with meal preparation and household chores.
To make each day more predictable and less confusing we implement a daily schedule to each Alzheimer’s case. Scheduling tasks, such as bathing or medical appointments, during the same time of day tends to help calm loved ones with Alzheimer’s down.
Expect daily activities and tasks to take longer than they normally would. At Virginia Home Care Services we schedule more time to complete tasks so that we do not rush your loved ones. All of our caregiver understand that when providing care to someone dealing with Alzheimer’s, moving a little slower and taking a little longer is essential. The last thing your loved ones need is the stress of feeling rushed.
We try to ensure that your loved one feels as independent as much as possible. For example, perhaps your loved one can dress alone if you lay out the clothes in the order they go on. This can help maintain positive memory recognition and boost their daily mood.
The fewer the options, the easier it is to decide. For example, by providing two outfits to choose from instead of a whole wardrobe can help making decisions much easier, therefore, creating less confusion and stress.
Our caregivers knows that by minimizing distractions at mealtime and during conversations can help your loved one focus more readily with the task at hand.