Dealing with the elderly that suffer from Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other mental instability can be difficult
Article by Jason Rosete
Taking care of the elderly can already be an occasionally taxing chore, however dealing with the elderly that suffer from dementia, Alzheimer?s, or other mental instability can be even more difficult. In this brief article, we?ll go over some of the many ways you can make caring for these elderly residents significantly easier.
There are many different types of dementia ? not only that brought on by Alzheimer?s, but also vascular dementia (when parts of the brain get cut off from the supply of blood), amongst others. The effects can range from memory loss to being agitated more easily, loss of communicative skills including hearing and speech, fine motor skills and manual dexterity, and general inability to do everyday tasks like eating, dressing, bathing, getting into and out of beds or chairs, or even walking. A common issue is maintaining the resident?s sense of dignity, due to the increased amount of care (especially on a personal level) that residents with dementia require. Since most of this care is extremely intimate, it is important to try and keep the resident from feeling overly embarrassed.
It is important to realize what types of difficulty your family member is experiencing, as certain facilities don?t have the ability to properly care for elderly residents with dementia, whereas others might be specifically geared towards them. Probably the biggest challenge is the sudden and unprovoked changes in mood that most commonly take the form of anger, frustration, or agitation. It can be very difficult to calm the resident down, and if their communication skills have been deteriorated, it can be even harder. Sometimes a favorite meal or snack or form of entertainment will work, but it is important not to treat the resident too much like a child.
Certain rare effects might be present, such as anachronistic thoughts or even fantasies. Some residents might believe they are reliving a certain period of their life, and think they are in a different place or even a different time than they actually are. While there are certain medications that can slow the effects of dementia, there is currently no cure. All in all, your goal as a family member should always be to make sure your loved one is receiving the proper type and amount of care, depending on their mental state. As an employee, it should be to help as much as possible while intruding as little as possible.
Jason Rosete is the founder of http://www.ResidentialCareFacilityListing.com. Residential Care Facility Listing is your online guide for selecting an assisted living facility, retirement community, or other personal care facility anywhere in the United States. We offer tools to help you evaluate a senior’s needs, facility selection tips, and our highly-acclaimed, map-based search engine to find a facility near family and friends.
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