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How Non-Medical Caregivers Tend to Alzheimer's Patients

As is with all forms of senior care, the duties of a non-medical caregiver can be all encompassing, especially when it comes to tending to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and most other forms of dementia. Many family members or loved ones feel that they can perform many of the duties that a non-medical caregiver executes throughout the day. However, people who lead active lives or work fulltime jobs, or who do not have proper training in dealing with dementia patients, often are unable to perform these duties.

As a professional in home care provider, a non-medical caregiver is far more likely to be thorough and attentive toward an Alzheimer’s victim. For them, it’s a job as well as a responsibility. It can be extremely daunting for people who work fulltime to truly provide all the assistance needed in order for an Alzheimer’s victim to live comfortably. Helping with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) can be time consuming as it includes dozens of simple things such as preparing meals, performing household chores, providing transportation, going grocery shopping, managing financial and legal affairs, maintaining a schedule, and beyond. Most people with fulltime jobs can barely do all of these things for themselves on a steady basis, so it’s very difficult to consistently perform these duties for another.

Here’s a look at some of the ways that non-medical caregivers tend to Alzheimer’s patients:

  • Assistance with properly taking medication
  • Helping follow treatment recommendations for dementia or other medical conditions
  • Assistance with IADLS such as daily activities, chores, obligations, bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, walking, and even use of the restroom
  • Helping manage behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s such as aggression, depression, anxiety, agitation, wandering, nighttime disturbances, and so forth
  • Make arrangements for support services as well as paid in-home, nursing home care, etc.

Of course, while these are many of the main duties of an in-home caregiver, there are many attributes that are often times not considered by others. For instance, when dealing with a dementia patient, having great tact and an innate knowledge of what that person needs can go a very long way. A professional non-medical caregiver understands this, which is exactly why he or she is so patient, positive, proactive, and understanding toward Alzheimer’s victims and those who suffer from any other form of dementia as well.

For more information regarding Alzheimer’s care, contact the Always Best Care office nearest you, or call toll-free 1-855-470-CARE (2273).

Preparing for the Transition

If you have a loved one that has Alzheimer’s disease , then there is a good possibility that there will come a time when you may have to consider moving them from in-home care to a senior care facility.

You will need to prepare not only yourself for this transition, but also your loved one as they will essentially be uprooted from their comfort zone. Because this can be very tough for someone with dementia to digest, it is critical to approach their transition in a sensitive way. There are two questions that can be asked in order to help you get a grasp on the task at hand. Let’s see if we can give a little insight as to how to go about the transition by asking these simple questions:

When do you know when it’s time to move a loved one to an assisted living community?

For many, it’s hard to admit or even detect when it might be time to transition your loved one into an assisted living community. However, if you pay attention to your circumstances and think logically about how much time and attention you are able to give your loved one, you may discover that they may need more attention than you are able to give. If you find your quality of life depreciating at a rapid rate directly due to your attempts to physically tend to your loved one, then it may be time to seriously consider the transition of your loved one into an elderly care facility.

How do you prepare to transition your loved one from in home care to assisted living?

Adjustment takes time for everyone, especially for those who are living with dementia as it can take patients out of their comfort zone. A great way to work around this is to schedule a time for personnel from senior care consultants such as those at Always Best Care to visit to your loved one, arrange a time when your loved one and your family can visit a choice of communities, meet other residents and the staff, and help you make an informed decision.  This can help your loved one become familiar with the area so that it is not so jarring when the day finally comes.

There are also plenty of other things to consider when preparing for the transition such as:

  • Sharing critical information about your loved one to the staff including their behavior, their hobbies, interests, food likes and dislikes, hygiene, and personal quirks
  • Supplying the facility with a list of people (family and friends) who would likely come to pay a visit
  • Giving a summary of your loved one’s past – sharing important moments in their life, where they grew up, their parents, and information about their favorite things can all contribute to helping the facility better connect with your loved one

Taking these two big questions head on will help you to better prepare yourself, your family, and your loved one for this major transition in life.