Though medical research teams are working hard to determine effective treatments for conditions of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers must continue to do their best to provide care while waiting on a medical breakthrough. Caring for individuals experience cognitive decline can be frustrating and exhausting, and it can make it much harder to mentally stay engaged with providing a safe environment for a loved one.
Ease the Burden
It may be incurable, but there are some tips to help reduce the burden of Alzheimer care and make it easier on caregivers. Working with people who have dementia requires extreme patience and the ability to wait. These individuals often become frustrated and agitated when simple, common tasks become difficult for them.
Rely on a Daily Routine
There are some tasks which may go more smoothly if done first thing in the morning. This period of time if often when Alzheimer patients are the most refreshed and alert. Try to keep to routine as much as possible.
Keep the Individual Involved
Simply taking over the task for the individual can cause feelings of inadequacy or helplessness. Make it a point to include the individuals with tasks as much as possible.
Safely encourage independence as much as possible, but keep in mind that the condition is degenerative. Understand that your abilities are limited and providing a safe, supportive, loving environment is the best thing for your loved one.