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of certified Home Health Aides and companions who have completed a thorough training program, built on research and experience and has passed a background check. This plays an essential in helping to understand the needs of our clients' so CAREGivers are prepared to provide the highest quality of care, the kind of care we would want for our own parents, spouse or grandparents. We understand that deciding to use outside help requires a lot of trust and humility. Comfort Hands Home Care is committed to not just capable care, but compassionate care.
A person with Alzheimer's or other progressive dementia will eventually need a caregiver's assistance to organize the day. Structured and pleasant activities can often reduce agitation and improve mood. Planning activities for a person with dementia works best when you continually explore, experiment and adjust.
Before making a plan, consider:
The person's likes, dislikes, strengths, abilities and interests
How the person used to structure his or her day
What times of day the person functions best
Ample time for meals, bathing and dressing
Regular times for waking up and going to bed (especially helpful if the person with dementia experiences sleep issues or sundowning)
Make sure to allow for flexibility within your daily routine for spontaneous activities.
As Alzheimer's disease progresses, the abilities of a person with dementia will change. With creativity, flexibility and problem solving, you'll be able to adapt your daily routine to support these changes.
Coping with a loved one with Alzhemeir's
Helping the person with Alzheimer's communicate
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People with Alzheimer's and other dementias have more difficulty expressing thoughts and emotions; they also have more trouble
understanding others. Here are some ways to help the person with Alzheimer's communicate:
Be patient and supportive.
Let the person know you're listening and trying to understand. Show the person that you care about what he or she is saying and be careful not to interrupt.
Offer comfort and reassurance.
If he or she is having trouble communicating, let the person know that it's okay. Encourage the person to continue to explain his or her thoughts.
Avoid criticizing or correcting.
Don't tell the person what he or she is saying is incorrect. Instead, listen and try to find the meaning in what is being said. Repeat what was said if it helps to clarify the thought.
If the person says something you don't agree with, let it be. Arguing usually only makes things worse — often heightening the level of agitation for the person with dementia.
Offer a guess.
If the person uses the wrong word or cannot find a word, try guessing the right one. If you understand what the person means, you may not need to give the correct word. Be careful not to cause unnecessary frustration.
Encourage unspoken communication.
If you don't understand what is being said, ask the person to point or gesture.
Find a place that's quiet.The surroundings should support the person's ability to focus on his or her thoughts.
Focus on feelings, not facts.
Sometimes the emotions being expressed are more important than what is being said. Look for the feelings behind the words. At times, tone of voice and other actions may provide clues.
Read more: http://www.alz.org/care/dementia-communication-tips.asp#ixzz4CAsxD1VS