Carer's Guide to Spot the Signs of Alzheimer's

Caring for a Loved One at Home with Dementia

Caring for a Loved One at Home with Dementia

As CAREGivers we need to know the signs that a client or family member is developing Alzheimer’s. We at Home Instead Conwy & Denbighshire are passionate about helping families, carers and our CAREGivers understand more so they can provide relevant care.  

Here’s a helping hand to spot the signs of Alzheimer’s early. 

1.         Memory loss that can disrupt your daily life. 

One of the most common signs of Alzheimers is memory loss, especially forgetting the things that you would normally remember on a daily basis. Others include forgetting things like birthdays and special events. Repeating the same information or conversation over and over, or relying on family members for daily tasks they used to handle on their own. 

2.         Difficulty in planning and problem solving. 

Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. It could also take longer to do simple daily tasks that was once part of a familiar routine. 

3.         Difficulty performing daily tasks at home, work or at leisure. 

Some people can struggle with preparing a meal or making a cup of tea. Others might find problems when it comes to more complicated tasks like using a mobile phone or computer. Paying simple card games comes easy to most but this can become difficult in some cases. 

4.         Confusion with days, times and places. 

Not knowing what day it is happens to a lot of us but only for a split second; however Alzheimer’s can cause this to be long term. Being in a frequently visited place and not recognising it can be very frustrating and frightening. 

5.         Not recognising friends or family. 

Forgetting the names of family members or friends usually is one of the first signs but can then develop to not recognising faces too. Early on in the stages this can be very brief but doesn’t subside, it progresses. 

6.         Problems holding a conversation. 

We’ve all stopped in mid conversation and forgot what we were going to say. For someone with Alzheimer’s it can be very difficult to have a topical or lengthy conversation. They can just suddenly stop in mid conversation or just switch off completely. 

7.         Misplacing or losing things. 

People can put things in unusual places and hide things. Relatives may sometimes come across items in strange places like slippers in the fridge or the butter in the washing machine, these scenarios can be quite common. They may accuse people of stealing from them which provokes them to hide things like money, jewellery or personal belongings. Developing paranoia is unfortunately all part and parcel of the disease. 

8.         Inability to make a decision or good judgement. 

People may struggle with judging a situation for their own safety, such as tackling a DIY job or fixing something they don’t understand. They can often lose the understanding of monetary value and give large amounts away as a gift and only think it’s a small amount. They can also lose interest in personal hygiene and wellbeing. 

9.         Loss of interest in work or social activities.

Some people may not want social interaction when they are in early stages of Alzheimer’s as they are embarrassed or confused as to what is going on. They might not follow their daily activities like going to work or social gatherings. Things that were of interest previously may not have significance anymore. 

10.       Changes in mood and personality.

 Their mood change can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. Confusion, depression, feeling anxious or fearful can be very upsetting for the sufferer. Whether with family or friends in a familiar environment they can still feel all of the above. They can become argumentative or even aggressive when out of their comfort zone.

The good news is that we are here to help and offer a free no obligation consultation appointment to discuss your individual needs or that of your loved one. 

We’re really proud to be able to provide care and help our Seniors maintain their independence whilst remaining safe and happy at home all across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Llanfairfechan, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Llanrwst, Prestatyn and everywhere in between! 

If you would like some further information about our homecare services, please give us a call on 01745 772150 or fill out our In-Home Care Service Enquiry Form.

We're here to help your Mum and Dad with Alzheimer's