Alzheimer’s can make it difficult for your loved ones to recall names, dates, and other info that used to come easily. What was once at the forefront of their memory might now be cause for frustration and confusion. Processing something as simple as names, times or locations often becomes a difficult struggle.
As Alzheimer’s progresses, it’s important to remember that effective communication will be a key factor in providing care. Making sure both you and a senior loved one are on the same page when you’re together is essential. Effective communication will help them stay engaged which can play a part in slowing down cognitive decline.
Devising a communication strategy will be your best bet for avoiding frustration and exhaustion while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's. If one of your loved ones is living with Alzheimer’s, Griswold Home Care recommends the following tips for communicating effectively:
- Talk slowly and clearly
- Try to speak one-on-one in a quiet area
- Keep it simple and only ask one question at a time - limit it to yes or no questions
- Be patient and let them finish their thought no matter how long it takes
- Try not to correct or criticize them if they are struggling
- Over simplify and give step-by-step instructions
- Always identify yourself, even if you are a close family member or friend
- Use non-verbal communication such as pointing, gestures and facial expressions
If you are the main caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, feelings of being overwhelmed are common. You might have the best intentions of caring for a family member but don’t feel like you have to go it alone. Giving yourself a break, and bringing on some home care help will give you a much needed rest and make the time with your loved one that much more meaningful.
Whether your loved one needs care a few days a week or around-the-clock support, the compassionate team at Griswold Home Care can provide aides who are experienced in caring for Alzheimer’s patients. They can provide the following:
- Companionship and social stimulation
- Help with day-to-day tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, and light housekeeping
- Managing the symptoms of sundowning syndrome
- Care while you work, run errands, or spend time with family
Alzheimer’s can be a bewildering disorder. Be easy on yourself and remember that you don’t always have to know exactly what to say or how to act. Don’t be afraid to admit that you need outside help. If you aren’t sure how to proceed, contact the Griswold Home Care Metrowest-Boston Office at (781) 559-0073 to learn more about how we can help you care for a loved one with Alzheimer's at home.
Whether your loved one needs care a few days a week or around-the-clock support, the compassionate team at Griswold Home Care understands how challenging caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be. Devising a communication strategy will be your best bet for avoiding frustration and exhaustion while caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's.
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