Caring for an Alzheimer’s Patient
Alzheimer’s disease is an illness of the brain. It is caused by a large number of brain cells dying which leads to loss of memory and the ability to think clearly. This often leads to the entire family getting affected and not just the patient. Since Alzheimer’s patient becomes forgetful and disoriented which gets worse as the disease progresses, it is often a close family member that steps in as the primary care-giver. Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is hard because the family member also needs to deal with the personality changes that happen due to the disease and the dependency increases as the condition progresses.
The following points can help the primary caregiver to understand their loved one better and to care for them more efficiently:
- Maintaining a stable daily routine in a familiar environment can bring down the patient’s stress levels to a great extent
- Keeping them amidst family members and reminding them about the past will be essential to keep them engaged with the present
- Keeping the surrounding area free of fall risk will be critical to prevent falls and further complication
- Nutritious food at regular time is essential for maintaining good health.
- Caring for yourself is a necessity as it brings you relief. You could do this by taking assistance from friends, other family members, opting for partial/full home care assistance, getting exercise and eating well.