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3 Steps to Safety with a Cat for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Charlotte, NC

Alzheimer's CareIt was late at night when Stephanie got out of bed to use the bathroom. She had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than three years earlier and while her husband was providing care for her, he was sound asleep and she didn’t want to wake him. She had been aware of the various aspects of memory loss and how it was affecting her, but because of that awareness, she had a tendency to pay extra careful attention when doing certain things around the house.

When she stepped out of bed and started walking toward the bathroom in the dark, she was startled by movement at her feet. That movement was her cat.

Stephanie had this cat for more than eight years, long before she started developing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. But that night, she simply didn’t remember having a cat and was caught off balance, nearly toppling to the floor. Fortunately for her, she was close enough to the bed still that it caught her loss of balance.

Having a small cat or dog can actually be beneficial when a person requires some type of Alzheimer’s care, but steps need to be taken to ensure safety. Here are three of those steps that Stephanie’s husband actually put into effect the next day that made things much better for her safety.

Step #1: Closing the bedroom door at night.

Even though the cat was used to sleeping in the same bed with Stephanie and her husband for all these years, it was important to keep the cat out now. For the first several nights and even weeks, the cat would scratch at the door trying to get in, but they ignored those efforts and the cat eventually learned to sleep outside the door waiting patiently.

Step #2: Focus on tripping hazards.

As long as a senior is aware of the tripping hazards associated with having a small animal in house, it ensures a bit more concentration when walking around, especially in the evening hours or whenever it is dark.

Stephanie set out reminders in little Post-it notes that there might be a small animal in the area.

Step #3: Rely on experienced and professional Alzheimer’s care.

Even though Stephanie was relying on her husband for proper care, it became clear she may benefit from a professional caregiver. They sat down and talked about the prospect of hiring one of these home care aides and decided to do so, enabling her husband to get some rest but still have someone there to assist her in the overnight hours.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Charlotte, NC, contact Caring at Heart today. Our staff will answer all of your questions about caring for an aging adult. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail. CALL TODAY (704) 837-4564.

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Shanele Healy

Caring for others has always been a passion for the owner. She joined the healthcare field while still in high school believing that every health provider had the same intentions at heart. While working as a nurse assistant and a Registered Nurse, Gloria quickly realized that those whom needed us most were being neglected and not receiving the best quality of care they deserved.

Knowing in her heart that families deserved better, she started Caring At Heart in 2008 with two key goals in mind: To provide clients and their families with an experience that was personable, easy, and reassuring and to create a working environment that employees were excited and proud to be a part of.