General Tips for Caregivers
It can become overwhelming for family caregivers who directly care for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. As new challenges arise the caregiver manages the changes in behavior and decline in their loved ones mental and physical abilities. If caregivers do not receive sufficient support from their community, friends and family, they often feel an emotional strain which can make them feel burned out or stressed. It is all too often that stressed caregivers put themselves at an increased risk for illness and depression.
Caring for persons that have difficult behaviors is a common challenge family caregivers often endure. The activities of daily living (also known as eating, bathing, dressing, etc.) can become hard to accomplish for the individual and the caregiver. Setting a checklist or plan for achieving daily care needs can help caregivers get by through the day.
It is helpful to try different approaches when dealing with persons with difficult behaviors during times that are more stressful. Since each person with dementia of Alzheimer’s is unique, the process of trying out new strategies will allow you to see what works and what doesn’t. Remember to stay calm, take breaks, and always try to do the best you can.
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Dining Tips for Caregivers
Most elderly individuals who do not eat much are likely to eat more if someone joins them for a meal. Encouraging the individual to come out to the dining room and sit with them or provide other companions at the table. However, elderly residents are easily confused when there is too much distraction such as loud noise or too many people. You will have to adjust the setting if the person feels disturbed or distracted by their surroundings.
- Simple place settings such as plain plates without designs and place mats in color that contrast with the plates work best.
- Remove items from the table that may provide alternate focus, such as condiments, newspaper and centerpieces. It makes it easier to see the food on the plate if there is adequate lighting in the room.
- If there are existing physical eating challenges for the individual, make sure the utensils used are appropriate.
- If a full plate feels overwhelming to the individual, try serving six small meals a day instead.
- Check the temperatures of food carefully.
- Allow ample time for meals and encourage individuals to feed themselves.
- Serve finger foods as often as you can, and when appropriate serve only one food at a time.
- Garnishing the plate with a piece of colorful fruit or sliced vegetables adds visual interest.
For individuals that have difficulty with traditional utensils and plates, there are specialized aids may assist with eating challenges. Contact Us for more information.
Tips That May Reduce a Hip Fracture*
Hip fractures-a common orthopedic emergency with approximately 1.7 million hip fractures happening yearly around the world. It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more than 6.26 million hip fractures worldwide, mainly due to the aging population.
Recent studies suggest that when elderly have supplemented their diet with vitamin D and calcium they have greatly reduced the incidence of a hip fracture. Some elderly patients in residential facilities have benefited from wearing hip protectors which may minimize the incidence of having a hip fracture.
For individuals that may be at risk for falling, we recommend certain aids that may assist with reducing the incidence of a hip fracture. Contact Us for more information.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Our recommendations are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or accident/incident apart from a professional physician’s recommendation.