There are a lot of heartbreaks that come with caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia. There are the big, momentous ones: the first signs that something is seriously wrong, the initial diagnosis, the realization that the person that you once knew is slowly slipping away forever.
And then there are the day-to-day heartbreaks that crop up more and more often as the disease progresses. Sometimes these can seem too small to mention: the same story or question repeated over and over again, day after day; nagging or criticizing, refusal to take a shower or eat proper meals; puttering around the house all night long and sleeping all day.
These behaviors become so routine that family caregivers begin to think of them as the new normal, too trivial to complain about or address when there are so many big-picture issues going on.
But these seemingly mundane problems can wear a caregiver down. And ignoring them won't make them go away.
Our website, helpforalzheimersfamilies.com is practically an encyclopedia of resources for dealing with Alzheimer's behaviors, both large and small, and our professional CAREGivers receive extensive training on managing behaviors so that individuals and families living with Alzheimer's can keep things running smoothly.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for managing behaviors associated with Alzheimer's and dementia, here are some of the techniques that we often find effective for getting positive outcomes when the situation begins to deteriorate.
For more information about caring for someone with Alzheimer's, please contact Home Instead Senior Care of Central Oregon at 541-330-6400.
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