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.
The wellbeing of your family members is often a top priority for many. However, when signs of declining health or reduced daily living abilities begin to show, you might be placed in the challenging position of deciding what type of care is in the best interest of your loved one.
I would like you to think through your daily morning routine. Your morning routine will most likely consist of waking up, going to the toilet, brushing your teeth, showering, getting dressed, making breakfast, and commuting to work.