In-Home Dementia Care

May 9, 2023 | Alzheimer’s

Tips to help families and their loved ones thrive

Providing in-home dementia care can be challenging and demanding, both physically and emotionally. Family caregivers can benefit from dementia care programs to offer strategies to deal with daily struggles that come with caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. However, these programs are difficult to find. In this blog, we want to share some best practices to help families provide high quality dementia care in home when local programs are few and far between.

Do Your Research

Knowledge is power and dementia is no different. The more you know about the condition, the more you will be prepared for common symptoms, behaviors, challenges and care needs. Preparation will allow senior caregivers to anticipate needs, provide better care and manage stress levels.

Create A Safe, Intuitive Space

Simplify your loved one’s living space. Eliminate clutter, un-necessary furniture and focus on the daily essentials and items that provide stability and comfort. Fewer choices and less distractions can minimize confusion and stress.

Establish A Routine

Consistent, predictable…this is the goal when it comes to activities of daily living (ADLs). Starting your day, mealtimes, bathing & grooming, activities/exercise, bedtime should occur at the same time every day. Establishing a routine that one can count on minimizes anxiety, stress and confusion for both the person with dementia and their caregiver.

Speak Clearly & Simply

Don’t overcomplicate your language when communicating with a person with dementia. Speak clearly, simply and be patient. Struggles with language, both speaking and understanding, are common with dementia.

Do What They Love

Encourage your loved one to continue to do the things they love. Whether they love to walk, play the piano, cook, bake, garden or listen to music…these beloved activities are central to their well-being, their self-worth and overall mindset. Companionship care is a great option as an elder companion can assist with activities, mobility as well as be a watchful eye to ensure safety and peace of mind.

Caregivers, Take Care of Yourselves

Dementia caregiving is physically and emotionally taxing. Time time for yourself. Ask for and accept help from family, friends, neighbors and local elder care resources and in home care services. A well-timed break will help you re-charge.

Ask The Experts

Your care team is your best resource. Doctors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers can offer their professional expertise when it comes to in-home dementia care. Seek out professional caregivers who have specialized training in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Remember, dementia caregiving can be a long and challenging journey. Finding the solutions and strategies that work for the individual can dramatically improve quality of life for everyone involved, care recipient and caregiver.