Although there’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are steps family caregivers can take to slow its progression and boost their senior loved ones’ quality of life. With proper treatment, you can enhance your loved one’s memory and other vital functions. Here are some of the ways to effectively treat seniors with Alzheimer’s.
Regardless of how difficult times become, avoid using negative responses when speaking to your parent, as he or she could become even more agitated and respond with a verbal or physical outburst. Remember your loved one is unable to control the way he or she responds to specific situations, especially as the disease progresses. Remaining patient can keep the atmosphere safe and reassure your parent. When you feel like things are becoming overwhelming, take a break and step out of the room. Giving your loved one time to cool down could lead to a positive outcome.
One of the most important things to consider is whether and when to hire a professional caregiver for your loved one. Families looking for top-rated home care providers can reach out to Home Care Assistance. From respite care to specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care, there are many ways we can make life easier for seniors and their loved ones.
Develop Distraction Techniques
As time goes by, the disease will affect your loved one’s cognitive abilities and mobility. When your loved one is unable to complete tasks or remember familiar people and places, he or she may become stressed and isolate him or herself from others, increasing the risk of depression. As a family caregiver, you can handle this by simplifying daily tasks or developing distraction techniques. When you notice your loved one becoming upset, you can distract him or her by starting a new activity, playing music, using aromatherapy, or simply changing the subject when having a conversation.
Ask for Help
Some days will be more challenging than others, and your loved one could require full assistance, putting a strain on your mental, physical, and emotional health. To manage the stressful challenges, ask others to help out more or consider using in-home care services. Being exhausted could increase the risk of caregiver burnout, which puts your own health as well as your loved one’s in jeopardy. Using in-home care allows your family to hire a professional who specializes in Alzheimer’s care and who can share treatment tips with your family, which could enhance your loved one’s mood, slow the progression of the disease, and ease your caregiving duties going forward.
A professional caregiver with experience in Alzheimer’s care can provide safety and companionship for your loved one. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Winnipeg senior care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more.
Promote Physical Activity
High blood pressure and poor heart health can increase cognitive impairment and cause Alzheimer’s to worsen. Therefore, you need to promote physical activity in your loved one. Take your loved one on a daily walk through the neighborhood, or encourage him or her to join a senior-friendly yoga class. Keeping your loved one physically active can strengthen his or her physical health and boost his or her memory and cognitive health. Effective treatment includes a good care plan with plenty of physical activities your loved one can do, based on his or her limitations.
Being a caregiver for your loved one can be extremely rewarding, but it can also feel overwhelming at times. Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who don’t have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. Winnipeg Home Care Assistance provides Alzheimer’s care seniors and their families can depend on. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. If your loved one needs professional Alzheimer’s care, Home Care Assistance is here to help. Call us today at (204) 489 6000 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.