Living with Alzheimers
Living with Alzheimers
In today’s world of an aging population, living with Alzheimers is fast becoming a common situation. Unfortunately, until medical science progresses to the stage of having a cure against the progress of Alzheimers – if not the prevention of the illness altogether – many will have to find it in themselves to take care of their loved ones who get the disease.
Alzheimers disease is never a pleasant sight. The degradation of the mental faculties of their loved one happening right before their eyes is not something anyone enjoying seeing.
Living with Alzheimers patients requires specific adjustments to accommodate the condition of the patients. Here are a few tips to help families adjust to rigors of living with Alzheimers patients.
1. Home safety is one of the most important facets when it comes to living with Alzheimers patients. Those who have only begun noticing early Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in loved ones might not be as careful but the degradation of mental faculties can lead to potentially serious consequences. It is best to keep sharp objects locked in storage, gates and doors closed to prevent patients from wandering off, and to use all necessary care to prevent injuries from happening.
2. If possible, get professional help for Alzheimers patients. This can be in the form of a skilled nurse or caregiver with Alzheimers care training. More than just dealing with the tasks needed in Alzheimers patients, they should be aware of the many things that promote the safety and convenience of patients.
3. As much as you pay attention to locking the gates and doors to prevent a patient from wandering off, you should also remove locks in doors to the patient’s room and to the bathroom. This will help improve response times to potential accidents such as a nasty bathroom fall.
4. Depending on the progress of the illness, living with Alzheimers entails taking over many of their responsibilities. Things that patients used to do such as balancing checkbooks or driving should be done by the caregiver or family.
5. An alternative to living with Alzheimers patients is to find a senior housing facility that specializes in caring for patients with Alzheimers and dementia. Take note that this significantly differs from a normal senior housing unit, most notably in the training received by the in-house staff. A qualified doctor should be on the premises around the clock. The homes should adopt the same level of attention to detail regarding patient care. Both short-term and long-term options must be thoroughly assessed before determining the exact facility to which a patient will be taken.
It is important to recognize that living with Alzheimers is a big decision requiring a lot of introspection and thinking. On the one hand, it is painful to leave the care of loved ones to strangers. On the other hand, it is be painful to watch a loved one go through the gripping effects of Alzheimers. However, in most instances families do want to personally give the care and love that a family member needs in for as long as they are physically able?
These considerations will ultimately decide for how long living with Alzheimers patients is possible. In the end, as long as you are convinced of the value and soundness of your decisions, then you would have given your loved one the best arrangement possible in their current condition. And in the end, that is what matters most.