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Connecting with a Loved One Through Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s Care in Southampton NY

Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that unfortunately cannot be cured at this time. Each individual with this disease will progress through theAlzheimer’s-Care-Southampton-NY stages at a different rate so there is no one specific way to provide quality Alzheimer’s care. The best thing one can do when providing Alzheimer’s care to a loved one is to connect with them in a meaningful way.

Once a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t mean that their life is over. There may be times as the disease advances that the senior is more lucid and there will be times when they may have trouble communicating and expressing themselves. They still deserve respect and meaningful relationships, especially with their caregiver.

The following 4 tips will help you connect with your loved one who has been diagnosed with this disease on a much more meaningful level.

1. Facial expressions.

Facial expressions are a big part of reading communication signals from another individual. Put on a happy face, even though you may be frustrated at times, and let the Alzheimer’s patient see the love you feel for them on your face.

2. Be patient.

Dealing with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s may not seem so bad in the initial stages when they can still pretty much take care of their own basic needs. However, as the disease progresses, it will become more challenging and frustrating at times.

It is important to keep a positive attitude and refrain from showing any frustration. It certainly won’t help the situation if you become angry or start yelling at them.

3. Listen.

People in the mid to late stages of Alzheimer’s may begin to have hallucinations or ask the same questions over and over. You may have a tendency to interrupt them as they are trying to communicate because you know what they are going to ask or you know what they are telling you they saw isn’t real.

Resist the urge to interrupt them when they are speaking. To the person with Alzheimer’s their fears and concerns are very real. Put yourself in their world by showing empathy. Redirect their attention to something more positive or pleasant to them.

4. The “Golden Rule.”

Most of us have heard the saying, “Do unto others as you would have done to you.” This is a great way to provide quality Alzheimer’s care. How would you want to be treated if you were in their shoes?

Following these four simple tips will surely help you connect with and provide quality care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional caregivers in Southampton, NY, call the caring staff at Artful Home Care today at 631-685-5001.

 

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Beth McNeill-Muhs

Beth McNeill-Muhs has been an active member of the East End community since 1998. After graduating from Long Island University in Southampton, Beth began working with some of the Hamptons most prominent living artists and developed affiliations with the communities leading creative arts organizations and institutions, such as the Guild Hall Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill Center and more. After many years in the field of fine art Beth began to understand the importance of art as a tool for healing, as well as an opportunity to engage the mind and transform the way we live and think.