Home Instead has recently published an article in the Daily Express, providing Alzheimer care tips for family carers. The article that was featured offers helpful guidance and advice for people providing Alzheimer care, with information extracted from Molly Carpenters confidence to care book.
Alzheimer’s can be devastating for many families to cope with. Whether a loved one is losing their grip on their memory or starting to forget many things, it can be tough to deal with. A figure provided by the local council suggested that over 6500 people are affected by dementia in Sheffield, with the figure expected to rise by another 1000 in the next 5 years. The Alzheimer’s society also reports that there are roughly 670,000 carers in the UK that are providing care for people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. In the wake of Alzheimer’s week it is imperative that people are made more aware of Alzheimer and dementia, and are better equipped to provide care for loved ones suffering with the disease.
Below are some of the care tips that can be found in Molly Carpenters book.
Do not over complicate choices
Alzheimer’s disease can strip away control and can easily confuse individuals. Creating simple choices for your loved one can allow them to regain some of this control. Make it simple by providing options; a good example of this would be to ask ‘would you like chicken or lamb for dinner?’
Changing the mood
Divert from a troubling or uncomfortable situation by switching the topic to something that is more favourable in your loved one’s eyes.
Taking the blame
A lot of people will see this as admitting defeat; however it can calm a situation down and allow you to move on and not dwell on a negative situation.
Change a surrounding if need be
An individual with Alzheimer’s or Dementia may suddenly become upset or agitated by something in their environment. This could be something as small as a cup not being on its coaster. Identify what the cause of distress is and modify it to correct the environment.
Take the lead
If your loved one is unsure about how to do something, try doing it first to show them how. This can possibly give them an opportunity to mimic your actions/follow your lead. This may require patience as they may not be able to do it straight away, try using a different approach after a few minutes.
Molly Carpenters Confidence to care book is an excellent resource for family carers, understanding, providing more tips that can help manage and prevent the behavioural symptoms associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. If you would like a copy of the full book, it is available through Amazon