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Caring for an Alzheimer?s Patient at Home

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The National Institute of Health has recommendations for those offering in home assistance to those suffering from Alzheimer?s disease. The caregiver that helps with activities of daily living will want to keep the Alzheimer?s sufferer involved in activities that they are interested in. The best activities are those built on the skills that the patient already has.

Trying to teach the patient new skills will probably lead to frustration and even anger. When involving an Alzheimer?s sufferer in any activity it is important for caregivers to look for signs of frustration.

It?s best to do simple tasks that can be easily broken down into small steps. Accomplishing each step can lead to feelings of accomplishment. This feeling is something the caregiver can build upon and use to ease the tension the patient may be experiencing.

Something else a caregiver needs to be aware of is ?sundowner syndrome? where the later part of the day can bring about agitation to an Alzheimer?s sufferer. This can make evening meal time or medication time particularly stressful for a loved one offering assistance with care.? A specially trained senior care provider can make coping with these situations much easier on someone providing care for a loved one.

Caregivers are often too quick to ignore their own health and feelings of frustration. The professional help offered by home health aides can be a way to keep you from feeling ?burned out? with your duties.

Offering in home care can be greatly rewarding but there must be help for the helper. Having a home health aide to prepare meals or just help the patient retire for the night is a good way for the caregiver to get some relief and stay fresh for the next day?s challenges.

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