How to care a patient with Alzheimer's and dementia?
Hello, my grandmother is 74 years old. She is having a habit of forgetting every thing. She was taken to a doctor, and then we came to know that she has Alzheimer's and dementia. She sometimes creates a lot of mess in our home, like after locking the room she forgets where the key is. I love her a lot, though other family members become irritated with her. I would like to understand how to care a patient with Alzheimer's and dementia. Please help
@labani If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, your role in managing daily tasks will increase as the disease progresses. Consider practical tips that can help the person with dementia participate as much as possible and enable you to manage tasks effectively. A person with dementia might become agitated when once-simple tasks become difficult. To limit challenges and ease frustration, schedule wisely. Establish a daily routine. Some tasks, such as bathing or medical appointments, are easier when the person is most alert and refreshed. Allow some flexibility for spontaneous activities or particularly difficult days. Take your time. Anticipate that tasks may take longer than they used to and schedule more time for them. Allow time for breaks during tasks. Involve the person. Allow the person with dementia to do as much as possible with the least amount of assistance. For example, he or she might be able to set the table with the help of visual cues or dress independently if you lay out clothes in the order they go on. Provide choices. Provide some, but not too many, choices every day. For example, provide two outfits to choose from, ask if he or she prefers a hot or cold beverage, or ask if he or she would rather go for a walk or see a movie. Provide simple instructions. People with dementia best understand clear, one-step communication. Limit napping. Avoid multiple or prolonged naps during the day. This can minimize the risk of getting days and nights reversed. Reduce distractions. Turn off the TV and minimize other distractions at mealtime and during conversations to make it easier for the person with dementia to focus.