Tips on Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s in Their Home

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Many people are surprised to learn that a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia will not likely need to be placed in an assisted living facility or nursing home until quite late in the illness.

Indeed, most people who have Alzheimer’s dementia can live in their own homes, usually with the help of a friend or family member. 

So, if you have a friend or family member who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you may be wondering how best to support them with this. Here are some top tips to consider.

Build a Routine

People who have Alzheimer’s thrive on routine. Any home health care St. Louis provider will state that the first thing you will need to do is ensure that they have one in place.

It doesn’t have to be down to the minute of each day but aim to set periods throughout the day where they can devote their attention to a specific task. So, the morning on a Tuesday may be dedicated to you and them cleaning the kitchen countertops, and the afternoon may involve sweeping the floor in the hallways. 

Aim to set specific times for food, washing, and going to bed, as well as waking up. Speaking of food, it may be best to pre-cook meals throughout the week and then freeze them to ensure that they are served on time.

Try to make them as balanced as possible and note the physical restrictions that your loved one may have with eating when planning these meals.

AI Helper

Artificial intelligence helpers, like Google Home, can be amazingly beneficial for an older person. These devices can help to remind them of appointments, can order food for them, and can even allow them to access the news. If your elderly relative finds it hard to hoover, it can be worth putting some money into a robotic hoover that can keep the floor clean. 

So, try to embrace as much technology as you can and as much as your loved one feels comfortable with using it.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Every house should have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors anyway. Yet, this is more important when it comes to assisting a loved one who may have Alzheimer’s. It is commonplace for them to forget that they are cooking a meal, so having a smoke detector can save their life, even if it doesn’t save their food. Carbon monoxide detectors are also beneficial for detecting leaks that could prove to be fatal.

Mobility Aids

It can be surprising to learn that many people who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia may begin to experience muscle wastage. This can make it harder for them to balance and can cause difficulties for them to get about their home safely.

So, aim to invest in as many mobility aids as you can. Grab rails are popular for bathrooms, as are bidets. If you can, try to have their bathroom made more accessible, such as turning a bath into a walk-in shower. Aim to have a stair lift put in, as well as curb ramps for any drops in the home that could aggravate arthritis.