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How to Reduce Your Loved One’s Frustrations when Providing Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s Care Matthews NC

Alzheimer’s Care Matthews NC

Frustrations when dealing with Alzheimer’s can affect both the caregiver and the senior who is struggling with the disease. Providing quality Alzheimer’s care requires a lot of patience, understanding, and knowing how to reduce frustrations in any given situation.

Managing daily tasks will grow more difficult for the senior with Alzheimer’s as the signs and symptoms progress with the disease. As daily life becomes more of a challenge, they very well may begin to act out in frustration and agitation.

As a caregiver providing for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and juggling their own responsibilities as well, it can be very easy to become frustrated. However, acting on those frustrations towards your loved one is only going to make things worse for both of you.

How to reduce frustrations.

1. Establish a routine. Having a routine is crucial when providing Alzheimer’s care. Not only does it allow you to schedule more difficult daily tasks at a time when the senior is more aware and alert, but as the disease progresses, following a consistent schedule will actually provide some comfort when they have times of feeling disoriented or unfamiliar with people or things around them.

2. Include your loved one. Just because a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they still have the right to be respected as an individual. It’s important to allow them to do as much as they can for as long as they can with minimal or no assistance. Give them the ability to make choices. Reduce the amount of choices but let them pick between two different outfits when getting dressed or a choice between this or that for a meal.

3. Reduce distractions. Minimize distractions, especially when having a conversation during meal time or trying to get them to follow directions. It can be too distracting if they are trying to focus on what you are saying while the TV or radio is on.

4. Be flexible. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Individuals with Alzheimer’s will progressively decline mentally and physically. They will become more and more dependent on a caregiver. If you are the one providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it is important that you are able to adapt your routines and expectations accordingly.

5. Be patient. Being patient with your loved one is key to reducing frustrations on both ends. Responding to outbursts or off-handed comments with understanding and patience will most often times keep a situation from getting out of control. It’s important that you don’t rush your loved one. Allow plenty of time for daily activities.

Following these five tips are a great way to help reduce frustrations when providing Alzheimer’s care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Matthews, NC please contact the caring staff at BlueDot Cares. Call 704-586-9248.

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Kevin Bilderback

Owner at BlueDot Cares
Kevin Bilderback, CEO and President of the BlueDot family of companies, founded BlueDot’s first healthcare company, BlueDot Medical, in 2002.Since then, BlueDot has become one of the fastest growing companies in America and has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies five times (http://www.inc.com/profile/bluedot-medical).Kevin attributes the growth to hiring amazing people who provide great care and inspire independence in the home.

Kevin’s passion to inspire independence has helped over 40,000 local families regain independence in the home.It was through helping these families that Kevin identified a gaping hole in the health care sector.People want to recover and age at home and current in-home care options make it hard and inefficient to do so.Families have to piece together providers for the needs of their loved ones.

Kevin founded BlueDot Cares to fix this challenge for families.BlueDot’s family of companies provides a synergy of care allowing loved ones to recover or age where they want to – at home.Families can feel comfort that their loved ones not only have the most supportive and best caregivers; but also, they will have the equipment they need to remain safe at home.

BlueDot has grown over the years because Kevin truly cares, the employees care, the referring physicians care, the current clients that refer friends and family to BlueDot CARE!BlueDot is part of the community and is honored to show the community that BlueDot cares through a corporate initiative.For every new BlueDot Cares client, a bed will be purchased for a child in need in the community.

BlueDot cares and will inspire in more ways than one!

For more information on Kevin and BlueDot, please visit his LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-bilderback-1bb3326)

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