Caring for Alzheimer’s Patient
Alzheimer’s disease is a disorder that affects the brain, causing sufferers to lose the ability to remember, think and make judgement. This makes it challenging for them to express their needs and care for themselves. The following are some guidelines for caregivers on taking care of an Alzheimer’s patient.
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Treat patient with sincerity and patience. Respect his/her wishes and decisions.
Help the patient concentrate on one task each time. Break down the task into simple and manageable steps.
Let patient maintain a certain level of independence to help him/her stay confident and dignified.
Assist patient in planning out his/her daily activities. Engage his/her participation in daily chores such as folding clothes or washing dishes.
Encourage patient to pursue his/her interests.
Encourage patient to retrieve his/her memory with the aid of tools such as brief notes, diaries, memo boards or phone calls.
Constantly remind patient of the reality in order to maintain his/her awareness of the surroundings. This includes the time, day, date, month, year, place and names of people around him/her.
Supervise patient in his/her daily exercise.
Encourage sufficient sleep time.
Continue to communicate with patient even if he/she might not response. This is necessary to maintain his thinking ability.
Reflecting as a Caregiver
Caregivers are often under much physical, emotional and economical stress. Do not neglect your health and well-being even as you care for your loved ones.
Seek help in times of need.
Join a caregiver’s support group to discuss the difficulties of looking after Alzheimer’s patients and try work out solutions.
Seek counselling if you face difficulties in coping with challenging situations.
Take a break and spend time with friends and relatives.
Make time to pursue your hobbies and interests.
Cultivate healthy eating habits.
Ensure you have sufficient sleep.
Get your health checked regularly.
Keep your health, financial and legal information up-to-date.