Alzheimer's Care Facility
More than 4 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Statistics show that the number of sufferers will continue to increase as life expectancy continues to extend.
People who are diagnosed with the disorder do not have to be confined in hospital. Much Alzheimer's care can be conducted at home, especially in the earlier stages of disease progression, although a specialist care facility may be more appropriate in later stages.
What are the changes that need to be done to the home? The good news is, few or none. Carers should just be sure it is clean, clutter and noise free at all times.
If the family members are busy with other things, or cannot cope unaided then external caregiver(s) will be needed. Specialist caregivers should be trained and experienced in care of dementia patients.
What activities are done in the care facility? For starters, memory exercises will be done so the patient can still remember the names of the family members. A basic one will be through the use of flash cards that have the name and photo of the person.
Most of the time, the carer will be beside the patient. Instead of doing nothing, it wouldn't hurt to strike up a conversation. It does not have to be anything serious but just enough to keep the person active because an inactive mind may lead to depression.
Try to maintain eye-to-eye contact when talking to the patient at the same time speaking slowly and clearly for the other person to understand.
Alzheimer sufferers tend to wander off. The patient could walk to the end of the street or even walk farther without the caretaker even knowing and that is worse. A failsafe system must be put in place such as making sure the doors and windows are locked at all times.
Should the patient manage to get out, the second fail-safe will be to attach a bracelet or a card. This will make it easy for someone to return the person home or advise where the sufferer can be collected. An interesting recent innovation is a small GPS tracker worn permanently.
The Alzheimer's care facility is open 24/7 with most of the concentration spent at night. This is because the symptoms are more active during this time so the best way to calm the patient down is through a little exercise.
The patient can help do the dishes or work on the laundry. A cup of warm milk or tea can be given. If this doesn't work, perhaps going for a little stroll together outside for a little exercise may make the sufferer sleepy and go off to bed.
Some states have nursing homes and reputable home care facilities to treat the patient. There are contact numbers available in the phone directory as well as on the Internet. The Alzheimers Association may also provide regional advice contacts.
Carers should not be surprised should the facility not accept just anyone who can no longer take on the burden of taking care of their loved one, either because of limited space available or due to the stage of the disease progression.
The family can pay huge costs for residential care or else spend the remaining days with their loved one close to home to at least have a few good memories until the patient will finally go off to a better place.
Further ReadingAlzheimer 101
Alzheimer's Care Facility
Alzheimer's Disease And Its Symptoms
Alzheimer's History And Outlook
Alzheimer's Patient Treatment And Care
Alzheimer's, Not Just An Old Man's Disease
Alzheimers And Dementia
Cause Of Alzheimer's Disease
Drugs As A Treatment For Alzheimers
Drugs To Fight Alzheimer's
Finding Caregivers For Alzheimers
Finding Out Early On About Alzheimers
Keeping People With Alzheimer's Busy
Living With Alzheimer's Disease
Preventing Alzheimer's Disease
Stages Of Alzheimer's
Symptoms Of Alzheimer's
Tell Tale Signs Of Alzheimer's
Understanding Alzheimers Better
What Exactly Is Alzheimer's?
What To Look Out For In Alzheimer's
Who Are You? Alzheimer's Symptoms