5 Tips for Families Visiting Seniors with Alzheimer's

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5 Tips When Visiting a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

By Glenn Krakow, 9:00 am on

Visiting a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a wonder way to bond as a family, yet the symptoms of the disease can sometimes raise a few challenges. Fortunately, you can ease the stress on your loved one while increasing your bond by using the following tips.

1. Choose the Right Time

Sundowning is a term used to describe behavioral changes a senior with Alzheimer’s may experience during certain times of the day. Talk to your loved one’s El Dorado Alzheimer’s caregiver about what time of the day he or she tends to be at their best. Then, plan your visit for this time.

2. Plan a Soothing Activity

Long conversations are often challenging for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Instead, plan a comforting activity that demonstrates how much you care. Walks, listening to music, or giving your loved one a manicure are all activities that can allow you to connect without taxing his or her memory.

3. Meet in a Familiar Setting

Seniors with Alzheimer’s can get confused in unfamiliar environments. Try to meet where your loved one spends the majority of his or her day, such as a quiet space in the home. Crowded restaurants and other public spaces can be too overwhelming for a successful meeting with your loved one.

4. Know How to Communicate

It is important for everyone in the family to understand how to properly communicate with their loved one. Be sure to greet him or her by name, and speak with a calm, clear voice. If your loved one struggles to remember something during a conversation, avoid criticism. Instead, move on to a different topic or activity.

5. Respect the Routine

Schedules and routines are tools that seniors with Alzheimer’s use to make sense of their world. If your loved one has a specific time for naps or meals, then respect it by altering your arrival or leaving time if it is necessary. By making sure your loved one’s needs are met, your family is sure to have an enjoyable visit.

After an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, ensure your senior loved one stays healthy, happy, and safe in the comfort of home with help from Home Care Assistance. We are a premier provider of home care El Dorado County families trust and can provide support for both you and your loved one as the disease progresses. Call a dedicated Care Manager at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411 to learn more about our care services.