Caring an Alzheimer’s Patient
Caring an Alzheimer’s patient is a difficult task. The better the care and love that you give to them, more comfortable they would be. Their may show varied behavior and they may become emotional, fearful, angry and sometimes violent. You have to cope with them and they need your support.
1. The patient will become emotional and depressed when they realized they have the disease. During this period they need emotional support. Try to spend more time with them. Maintaining their social contacts and activities will give a sense of well being.
2. Change the environment of your home according to their needs and to avoid accidents. Their decision making and judgment will be poor, so try to avoid such situations in home as it will create more behavioral problems. Always close the front door and avoid spilling of water on the floor etc are the necessary steps to be taken with Alzheimer’s patient.
3. While approaching an Alzheimer’s patient come slowly and from the front to avoid startling. Give your hand to them instead of grabbing them, as they will be more comfortable and happy with this while grabbing is threatening to them.
4. While talking to them don’t use long sentences. Try to split the sentence as it will be more comfortable to them to understand. Always use simple words and be ready to repeat the words. If you speak loudly and quickly then there will be emotional irruptions. Show interest while talking to them as they can read your body language and will respond to the positive attitudes.
5. If you want them to do their daily activities, then make the task simple by breaking down the task. For example if you want t take them to outside of your home then ask them will you please keep your leg down. After wards ask them to stand up and then to walk. They will be pleased with requests rather than commands and will be ready to try it for you.
6. Listen to them while they speak and try to understand their feelings. Don’t argue with them and be affectionate.
7. A praise or appreciation from your part will make them happy and they will better listen to you and will try to do any thing for your appreciation.
Never let them alone at home. They need your care and protection which may slow down the disease progress.