Frisco, TX – Caring for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease can be trying at best. Helping them enjoy life to its fullest while dealing with the ups and downs of this personality-changing disorder can take its toll on the most enduring caregivers.
“It’s important for family members to realize that the care needs of their senior livingwithAlzheimer’s disease will only increase with time.”says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “There are some things that caregivers can do that can make the process easier on their loved ones and themselves.”
Here are some tips on what to avoid in the day-to-day routine of living and loving someone with Alzheimer’s:
• Leave denial at the door – If the signs of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia are present, denial will not do anyone a bit of good. While it’s painful to acknowledge that a loved one might be in trouble, getting the concerns checked out is critical. After all, some forms of dementia are caused by other issues that can be treated. Caregivers owe it to themselves and their loved one to simply find out for sure. And, if it does turn out to be Alzheimer’s, early treatment can help slow the progression.
• Don’t take a trip down memory lane – Asking a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease if they “remember” something is a very common mistake. While it’s tempting to believe the memory can be jogged, it rarely can. Asking this question can confuse your loved one. It’s better to say, “I remember when,” rather than putting the burden for recollection on your loved one.
• Don’t argue – There’s no point arguing or contradicting someone living with Alzheimer’s disease. Even if what’s been said makes no sense, take a deep breath and let it go.
• Get help when it’s needed – It’s hard to admit that caring for a loved one is no longer possible. When help is needed, it’s best for the loved one to have expert care.
• Visit often – It’s tempting to stop visiting a loved one when they no longer recognize the people in their lives. Avoid that temptation. Even if a loved one doesn’t recognize you, he or she may enjoy the visit. Plus, peace of mind is gained by simply checking in on a regular basis.
“Interacting with a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease won’t be the same as it was before.” says Quinn.“With patience and a few rules of the road, however, it’s very possible to enjoy each other’s company and make new memories you will cherish going forward.”
About The Cottages
The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. The Cottage concept provides a home-like environment tailored to meet individual needs based on physical, mental and emotional needs. The Cottages offers all-inclusive pricing with no level of care charges and all care and services are included. The Cottages currently has locations in Frisco, Round Rock, League City and Amarillo, Texas. The Cottages has been operating in Texas since 1997 and is family owned and operated by The Cottages Senior Living.
Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and The Cottages difference at www.alzcottages.com