7 Ways to Help Older People with Dementia Stay Safe and Healthy at Home – Credihealth Blog

When a person first learns that a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it can be, to put it mildly, an insurmountable / discouraging experience.

You see, dementia is more than just memory loss – it is a type of disease that cannot be cured and is complicated in the sense that patients will eventually lose their cognitive functions.

That is, they will gradually lose their ability to think, think and communicate. (To watch for signs of dementia, Here are some tips.)

However, there is no time to live in misery, at least not for too long. You, as a family member of a loved one with dementia, have just become their biggest pillar of support and, above all, making sure they are safe and healthy at home is now your top priority.

In this regard, we believe that we can divide the topic into two – (A) how to keep them safe; and (B) how to keep them healthy at home.

Keeping older people with dementia safe at home

  1. Scan your home for safety

It goes without saying that scanning your home for safety is the first thing you need to do.

This will only take you a while, as there are significant changes you will need to make in your home to make sure it is safe for a dementia patient. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Get rid of unused items and extra furniture

Make your home as minimalist as possible with only the most important things, so that there are not too many things around to confuse your loved one.

  • Remove carpets and dangerous objects

Move electrical cables and other potentially dangerous objects that may cause tripping.

  • Install a switch to automatically turn off the stove

If possible, use an electrical device with an automatic shut-off system, ie. slow cooker, rice cooker.

  • Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed in or near the kitchen and all bedrooms.

Doing all this will at least prevent possible predictable accidents, thus being the first step towards ensuring the safest possible stay of your loved one at home.

  1. Bathing, dressing and cutting

This is now a key aspect when it comes to ensuring the safety of a patient with dementia. At some point, they will need help in this regard, but at all times you should never leave a loved one with dementia alone in the bath or shower.

The bathroom is a dangerous place where they can easily slip and fall. So make sure there is always a rubber bath mat and install safety rods in the tub. Always check the water temperature before entering the bath / shower – if possible, set the boiler to 120so that they can always bathe at a constant and comfortable temperature.

When it comes to dressing and grooming, know that people with dementia often need more time to do so, so be patient with them. Also, they may be wearing the wrong clothes for the season, so arrange clothes for them and give them one thing at a time. All this contributes to the safety of your loved one, so be sure to keep them in mind.

  1. Stay in touch with technology

Although wearing identification such as bracelets and necklaces for medical records is now mandatory (it helps a lot when a loved one gets lost or needs help), you may want to consider other safety devices.

This may include drop monitors, emergency call buttons and GPS tracking systems. Getting a smartphone or tablet or smart speakers is also a good idea, as they can help with things like getting to know the weather and the weather.

And with today’s technology, some gadgets can even help you find your keys and other important items. All this can be very useful for a patient with dementia, especially in the early stages.

  1. Identify people you can trust for help

One piece of advice we have for you is that you will not be able to do all this on your own. There will be times when you have to go to work or do other things, so attracting the help of others is essential.

Apart from other family members, neighbors will be a good starting point, because they are often the first people to notice if someone wanders and looks lost. If your neighbor is aware of your loved one’s condition, he or she will be able to help you monitor and get help if needed. Also, if possible, ask them to visit regularly. They will make good company in your absence in order to help your loved one stay engaged and social.

So write down their contact information in obvious places around the house, such as on the refrigerator door, or keep it on your loved one’s phone so that someone else can contact you besides you.

Keeping older people with dementia healthy

Once you’ve taken care of the safety part, it’s time to think about how to keep them healthy. Not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.

For us as family members it is no longer an easy task to accept this disease, imagine how difficult and scary it is for our loved ones when they are first diagnosed with dementia.

So keeping them healthy doesn’t just mean ensuring they are well fed. Of course, making sure that they are well nourished with regular and healthy meals is a top priority, but we must be aware of their mental and emotional state and be ready to take quick action when any abnormalities are observed.

  1. Stay calm and listen

Always stay calm and listen to what your loved one has to say is something you can do for him. It may not be as simple as it sounds. You see, people with dementia often feel isolated and depressed, not to mention easily aroused when they are unable to express themselves clearly.

So be very patient with them and listen to them. If you show signs of impatience or, worse, ignorance, it will significantly affect their emotional well-being. They will feel unworthy and useless against the background of the initial uncertainty associated with their illness, and this is something you would like to avoid because it can easily lead to depression (which often leads to suicide).

To keep them mentally and emotionally healthy, it is essential to always have company – with whom to talk and with whom to do things. It can be as simple as drinking coffee with a friend, working in the garden with a neighbor, or going for a walk in the park with someone.

When they have someone to talk to, they will not feel lonely and this helps a lot to prevent any negative emotions.

Elderly people with dementia

  1. Find ways to keep your hands busy

One thing you need to know about people with dementia is that they can always turn their hands, ie. rubbing their hands together, twisting their fingers, pulling clothes or twisting their arms – in principle, they just keep their hands moving. This is a sign that they are worried or excited.

One way you can help is to provide them with sensory therapy or toys (eg a blanket, massage ball spikes, etc. that you can easily find online) to reduce their anxiety and calm their nerves. . Simple knitting or crocheting is also a good idea. You can even ask them to iron a crumpled napkin or shuffle and arrange a deck of cards – anything will happen.

Just remember, regardless of the activity or toy, it must be safe and that the goal is to engage your loved one in something fun, something that will keep their hands happily busy and thus remain calm and calm.

  1. Research on home care options

Now we may not be able to do much of the above on our own. You still have a life of your own that you have to live, and there is so much that a good neighbor or friend can help.

That is why it is worth looking for home nursing services for help. These are professionals who are specially trained to manage and care for dementia patients in their home, so attracting their help will significantly reduce your workload (and stress).

From meeting basic needs, such as cooking, making sure they eat on time and not skipping meals, helping them bathe and get dressed, to talking and keeping them company, the home caregiver will be able to do all this in the comfort of your loved one’s home. For your part, you will be able to go to work and continue your life in peace, even taking a break and taking care of your own when everything becomes too much.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you look for this route. Research your options, make comparisons and see which one is appropriate. There is nothing wrong with learning more about home care – believe us, taking this first step will make this whole trip much easier for both you and your loved one.

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