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|Caregiving Tips For Alzheimer's Patient|
Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and new patterns of behavior in the Alzheimer's patient.
One of the biggest struggles caregivers face is dealing with the difficult behaviors of the Alzheimer's patient they are caring for. Dressing, bathing, eating- basic activities of daily living - often become difficult to manage for both the person with Alzheimer's disease and the caregiver. Having a plan for getting through the day can help caregivers cope. Many caregivers have found it helpful to use strategies for dealing with difficult behaviors and stressful situations. Through trial and error you will find that some of the following tips work, while others do not. Each person with Alzheimer's is unique and will respond differently, and each person changes over the course of the disease. Do the best you can, and remind yourself to take breaks.
Trying to communicate with a person who has Alzheimer's disease can be a challenge. Both understanding and being understood may be difficult.
While some people with Alzheimer's disease don’t mind bathing, for others it is a frightening, confusing experience. Advance planning can help make bath time better for both you and the Alzheimer's patient.
For someone who has Alzheimer's disease, getting dressed presents a series of challenges: choosing what to wear, getting some clothes off and other clothes on, and struggling with buttons and zippers. Minimizing the challenges may make a difference to the Alzheimer's patient.
Source: U.S National Institute of Aging
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