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Important Tips to Remember When Caring for an Elder with Dementia

Home Care in Boca Raton FL

Caring for someone with dementia has its ups and downs. There may be times that you enjoy the company of your elderly loved one, while other times may be filled with frustration, guilt, and anger towards the senior. Someone with this condition may especially act out when taking them to public places due to the noise and stimulation they will be experiencing.Home-Care-in-Boca-Raton-FL

Because of the possibility of your loved one having an outburst when out of the home, you may not want to take them anywhere. However, both you and the elder need this time to leave the house and see be around other people. Here are some tips to help you conquer these outings and better care for your loved one with dementia.

  • Avoid noisy places. When there is too much noise and stimuli, your loved one can begin feeling overwhelmed. These feelings can result in behavioral issues that may be embarrassing for you to have to deal with. To prevent this from happening, try to stick to places that are small and quiet.
  • Watch their sugar intake. Eating too many sugary snacks or drinking alcohol can also cause the elder to act out. Try to limit the amount of sweets and alcohol they have during your outings.
  • Have a routine. Seniors with dementia do not like to be surprised, so their daily routine should stay consistent, even when out of the house. This includes making sure they have meals at the same times, as well as go to bed at the same time as they always do.
  • Join a support group. Support groups are the perfect place to meet other caregivers who know what you are going through. Your fellow caregivers will also be able to share their own tips on taking your loved one out in public.
  • Get help. Taking your loved one out on the town can be too much for you to handle alone. A home care provider can be hired to pick up some of the slack. They are often trained in caring for seniors with dementia or other behavioral problems and may also be able to provide some tips for you.

Caring for an elderly parent with dementia is a difficult job and one that will test your patience over and over again. With that being said, it is still crucial for your sanity that you and the elder are able to go to the store or out to lunch without the fear of the elder making a big scene. Try these tips to better handle any situation that comes your way.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Boca Raton, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

 

Source:  http://www.alzheimers.net/12-15-14-dementia-caregiving-holidays/

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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