There is a learning curve that comes with learning how to perform daily tasks and activities with Alzheimer’s patients. If you have recently become the main caregiver for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, these tips may help you create a less stressful atmosphere while taking care of the ADL’s or activities of daily living.
6 Tips to Make Daily Tasks Easier
- Have the Right Tools – Just like a mechanic needs the right tools to do his job, caregivers really need the right tools to make their jobs easier. There are certain Alzheimer’s friendly products that can help make daily tasks and activities easier and smoother.
- Be Prepared – Being prepared ahead of each day will help you immensely. This article on how to create a daily plan and become more organized can help guide you.
- Making Mealtime Easier – The Alzheimer’s Association offers some great insight into how you can make mealtime easier with your loved one.
- Staying Independent – It’s important to instill some independence in your loved one and have them focus on serving a purpose, despite the fact that they are faced with this disease. Explain “why” you are having them do certain activities, including various therapy sessions, and create an atmosphere that encourages them be independent.
- Safety is Most Important – Work with others to create an atmosphere in your home that is safe. Professional caregivers, physical therapists and others who work with dementia patients regularly can provide insight to changes that can help make your home a safer place for your loved one.
- Give Yourself Options – As the main caregiver for your loved one it is important that you keep yourself rested, fed and happy also. You deserve a break and should be able to look forward to one on a regular basis; using a professional caregiving service is the best option to ensure that you will have regular breaks and your loved one is being cared for properly while you are away.
There is no question that being the primary caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient can be hard and exhausting. Daily tasks and activities with Alzheimer’s patients shouldn’t be a dreaded part of life and with these tips will hopefully help you move forward in a positive direction.
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