Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

How To Deal With Someone Suffering From Alzheimer's

Learn a few tips and tricks in dealing with Alzheimer's from a caretaker's perspective. Keep your loved one's safe and calm with these great tips.

How To Deal With Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is an extremely difficult disease for those suffering from it, but at times it can be almost as difficult for the family and loved ones around somebody who is suffering from it.

Below, we discuss a few things a person can do to make dealing with a person who has Alzheimer's a little better. It will never be easy dealing with a disease of this nature, but you can make it better for yourself with a few changes to how you approach care.

Creating A Safe Space

Alzheimer patients are prone to injuring themselves during everyday activities, creating a safe space for them to operate in and enjoy activities like is of great importance to ensuring their safety. Here are a few tips to create a safe space.

  • Tracking - in any normal circumstances, tracking somebody may be considered an invasion of privacy. In the case of an Alzheimer patent, it is a necessity. One of the easiest ways is to a nature of smartwatch, fitness watch or fitness brand. In this case, a smartwatch with its own SIM card will be ideal as it will be able to relay a live location to you no matter where the person is. There are other devices on the market which cater to this need which in some cases are small enough to fit into a wallet, this can pose a problem though as a person who is not currently in their normal mindset may not take wallets and the likes with them when leaving. A smartwatch comfortable enough to be worn for the whole day is potentially the best solution to this problem.
  • Dangerous substances - Keep all dangerous cleaning chemicals, sharp objects and tools locked away. It may not always be necessary, locking up should be taken on a case-to-case basis, but better safe than sorry.
  • Clear movement - Movement paths in and around the house will become vital. Be sure to avoid any clutter that may block a path. Remove anything like rugs or cords that could potentially be a trip risk. If there is additional space in your home, grab rails along walkways and in places like the bathroom or kitchen would be of great benefit.

Involving And Engaging

A person with Alzheimer's may a lot of the time feel helpless and lost, while there is no simple fix to aid in this, involving them in small and calm activities has been seen to make Alzheimer's patients a lot calmer and less anxious. Try to involve them in simple activities like talking a walk or helping to look after a plant. These small and easily achievable tasks not only help the person use excess energy, but also can help with a feeling of purpose and belonging. While it is also to be taken on a case-to-case basis, small tasks to keep occupied have shown to help with stress and anxiety in the majority of cases.

A Calm Environment

Stressors and distractions have been shown to increase the frequency of episodes in Alzheimer's patients. Creating a stress-free environment with as little distractions as possible will be great. Try limiting radios or TVs being on in the background or erratic behaviour in the household.