Taking care of a family member with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be quite stressful. As the symptoms grow more complicated, managing and living with these increased behaviours can be quite exhausting. “The better you take care of yourself and feel about yourself, the better it is for your loved one”, says Terri-Lynne Rade, CEO of First Class Home Care Inc.
Here are some self-help techniques for a caregiver supporting someone with Alzheimer Disease.
Ask for Help
Symptoms such as memory loss and confusion can get worse over time. It is important to ask for help when you need it. Asking for help shows that you recognize your limits and that you care for your senior. You are also encouraged to learn about financial planning, legal forecasting, medicines and comfort care at the end of life.
Build a Support System
Building a support system is a great way to get help and advice. Your support system might include friends, family, a caregiver support group, faith groups, your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, or an agency like First Class Home Care. Different people may play different roles. Some may want to help with grocery shopping while others may be good company to share a coffee with.
Keep a Journal
Writing a journal is equally important for the senior dealing with dementia, caregiver and family members. Caregivers are advised to express activities and feelings as it helps with problem solving and identifies feelings of gratitude. Writing can be a form of therapy as it reduces stress levels and also aids medical professionals.
Caregivers need to laugh. Watching a funny movie or joking with friends can lighten the mood. Take time to exercise and practice relaxation techniques. Even taking an hour a day to run errands or plan a meal can help decrease depression and reduce burnout.
Seniors living with Alzheimer’s can feel more safe, secure and independent by staying in the familiar surroundings of their own home. Click to learn how First Class Home Care strives to maintain a high quality of life for seniors.