Tips for Alzheimer’s Patient Personal Care

Alzheimer's patient personal careAlzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that affects a person’s ability to care for themselves. In the beginning, a person may only need to be reminded of something every once in a while. However, caregivers eventually become responsible for providing total Alzheimers patient personal care.

It can be difficult for an Alzheimer’s patient to adjust to the loss of privacy and the loss of independence. When the patient and the caregiver are aware of the fears and reactions that can present themselves, everyone involved in the patient’s care will have a more positive experience.

There are several areas of Alzheimer’s patient personal care where caregivers can provide assistance and allow the patient to maintain a level of dignity and independence.

Bathing

This is the activity that is often the most difficult for caregivers. The experience is extremely intimate, and some patients may perceive the care as an intrusion or a violation of their personal space. They may express their feelings by hitting or resisting the caregiver. An Alzheimer’s patient may also scream or cry.

The behavior can occur because the patient does not remember the importance of bathing, or the patient may show signs of distress because he or she is experiencing discomforts during the bath. Caregivers specially trained in Alzheimer’s patient personal care can make bathing a more pleasant experience for the patient by:

  • Including the patient in the care
  • Ensuring the bathroom is safe
  • Making sure all supplies are in the bathroom ahead of time
  • Helping the patient feel in control of the process

Dressing

A person’s physical appearance contributes to a person’s level of self-esteem. It can be frustrating for an Alzheimer’s patient to choose clothing to put on each day, and to put the selected clothing on. Make the process less overwhelming by:

  • Being flexible
  • Minimizing choices
  • Choosing simple clothing
  • Laying clothing out in order

Eating

Making sure Alzheimer’s patients eat nutritious meals regularly can also be challenging. These patients can easily become overwhelmed by the amount of choices, may forget a meal or think they have eaten earlier. Caregivers can provide assistance by:

  • Keeping meals calm
  • Looking out for choking signs
  • Staying flexible with food options
  • Only offering one food at a time

Proper Alzheimer’s patient personal care will help the patient stay as independent as he or she possibly can while encouraging and praising the patient. Family members who are not able to provide regular care can hire a professional caregiver to keep their loved ones safe and happy while treating them with the respect they deserve.

Our Alzheimer’s services will provide your loved one with the care he or she needs to remain independent at home. Contact us today for a free assessment or for more information.