How Do Caregivers Help With the Different Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is one of the most common chronic conditions. It’s also stressful as you have no idea which of the identifiers of a stage will affect your parent. Not every person with Alzheimer’s wanders, forgets his or her children, or gets physically violent.

 

Home Care in Toronto: Alzheimer's Tips

Home Care in Toronto: Alzheimer’s Tips

 

 

When your parent has Alzheimer’s, there are different stages and each one can present new challenges. There will come a time when living alone isn’t safe. Rather than moving your parents to a nursing home or memory care center, caregivers might be your family’s best solution.

Wandering

When someone with Alzheimer’s starts forgetting where home is, wandering can be frightening. At that point, if the person forgets how to get home or wanders into the woods or a remote area, searches can take hours or days. Some people are never found.

As frightening as it is, it’s also possible to prevent wandering by making sure there are alarms on doors and windows. If the person tries to leave, the alarm allows you to stop them from leaving and redirect them into the home. Working in shifts also ensures that someone is always awake and able to watch the signs of trying to escape.

 

Transportation

People with Alzheimer’s are often warned not to drive as the early-stage comes to an end. The sense of direction goes and makes it easy to get lost and confused. Caregivers can drive them to desired locations and accompany them while they’re running errands or going to their appointment.

 

Medication Reminders

Most people with Alzheimer’s find their short-term memory goes first. Remembering what they did half an hour ago is impossible. Medication reminders are essential to ensuring the proper dosages of Alzheimer’s medications, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, etc. are taken on time.

 

Meals

As the short-term memory goes, people with Alzheimer’s also forget when they last ate or had something to drink. Dehydration is a risk. Overeating or malnutrition is also possible. With caregivers preparing and serving meals, snacks, meals, and drinks are provided at regular intervals.

 

Companionship

Companionship is important with Alzheimer’s. It’s easy to become depressed and shut yourself away, but that can deepen the sense of isolation and depression. Caregivers can join people on shopping trips, help them pay, and take them on walks or other engaging outings.

 

Respite Care

Alzheimer’s disease can be hard on a family, but caregivers help you take breaks when needed. Call now to discuss services like respite care, medication reminders, and companionship. All of those services can help you and your family.

 

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Toronto, please contact the caring professionals at  Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at (905)-709-1767.

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