If your loved one or family member have Alzheimer's disease (AD), don't panic, it won't help. Try to calm down and remember that the anxiety and anger will lead to nothing.
Here are a few tips for watching the sick. First of all, sustain the healthy conditions. Exercises, proper nutrition, good general health and socialization are important for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. It a pretty good news If the person you take care of is able to cook by himself. Motivate the patient to repeat it as long as possible. It is crucial to know if a person can do it safely.
Don't do all the work for the patient!
You may have a feeling that it is easier and faster, but it is a very bad idea. Try to be patient and as calm as possible while watching the patient. Let them do everything very slowly: wash up, dress, undress, cook, pour tea, peel potatoes, wash dishes, etc. If necessary, calmly advise or haste.
Try to treat the patient with a proper respect to self-esteem: don't speak in patient's presence about him as incapable of doing anything, don't let him feel like a burden. If the patient feel himself respected and loved, it 's gonna be easier for caregivers to communicate with him and negotiate. Especially humour often helps in complicated cases.
AD is a neurological disorder. So be careful! Patient should not use any antidepressants, sedative, depressing and other psychotropic drugs. This will lead to an imbalance of mental condition of a patient and it will cause more difficulties.
People suffering from Alzheimer's disease, should be in a safe environment. All the items that are dangerous should be removed. For example, the keys and matches must be hidden.
Keep in mind: What may be safe for a healthy person may be dangerous for patients with Alzheimer's disease!
Also I want to give you some tips on how to dress up the patient. The patient may "forget" how to dress. Choose clothes without complicated fasteners, better to elastics, Velcro, zippers, shoes; not slippery, rubber-soled, loose, but does not fall to the ground. Set the clothes in the proper order, and do not rush the process.
The patient may be dissatisfied with the fact that you go somewhere. Don't give in! Try not to pay too much attention. Don't pretend that you are experiencing because of that. Don't let to terrorize you! If you give in on several occasions explicitly, later it will only be harder. If you want to walk and rest from the daily routine, don't tell him about it. Say it is necessary to shop or pay bills, etc.
Look for people with similar problems. Just talking to such people you will better pass through your own problems and troubles.
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