COVID-19 has disrupted many of our routines, which can be especially hard on persons living with dementia. During this extraordinary period, it’s important to try to keep to a daily routine as much as possible.
Medical appointments are some of the more essential reasons that will see us leaving the house amidst the COVID-19 measures. During these appointments, taking extra precautions will go a long way in keeping our loved ones safe.
In order to make important healthcare and financial decisions for someone who has lost their mental capacity, it’s important to begin the process of applying for a Lasting Power Of Attorney (LPA) early. Here’s how, and what you can do if a loved one has lost their mental capacity before they were able to successfully apply for an LPA.
It’s important to monitor your loved ones for COVID-19 symptoms, to ensure that you can respond in a timely manner should the need arise.
Keeping your home environment clean and safe for your loved ones with dementia is important enough in normal times, but is especially essential as we fight the spread of COVID-19.
With some simple reminders and other medication management tools, people with early-stage dementia can continue to take their medication independently.
Being unable to go out freely because of COVID-19 or having disruptions to an established routine can be stressful, especially for persons with dementia. By including engaging activities in each day, you’ll be able to ease some of their distress and keep them active.
As your parents and grandparents age, it is human nature to worry about their health and safety. Although they may still have the same big and loving personality, aging puts them at risk of injury. Adults 65 years and older are at the greatest risk of accidents both within and outside their homes with more than 25% of people suffering from falls each year. Not only can falling cause injuries, such as broken bones and head trauma, it also doubles one’s chance of falling again.
Making the decision of how another person lives is one that falls on the shoulders of many people who look after their elderly family members. The goal in caring for your loved ones is to restore and maintain the happy, healthy, and independent life that they once had. However, over time, changes in behavior may begin to suggest that your loved one’s physical or mental abilities are slowing down at a rate that you cannot keep up with, leaving you with the difficult decision of how to best care for them.