Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care for Visiting Caregivers

It is not always possible to see a loved one every day, so it is important to implement an Alzheimer’s and dementia care plan for times when you can visit. These are quick and simple and work to ensure your loved one has what he or she needs for safety and proper care.

Make Appointments With Professionals

Professionals like attorneys, doctors and financial specialists are a part of patient’s lives, and you want to keep up with them. Be a part of making the decisions and make sure they are always acting in your loved one’s best interests. Appointments one to two times a year are generally sufficient.

Review the Care Plan

Alzheimer’s and dementia care plan components like medications and home therapies should be checked regularly. Ensure your loved one is taking all medications as prescribed and adhering to all therapy plans, such as independent exercise and any special dietary needs.

Check the Home for Safety

Look at things like locks, lighting, stairs, bathroom railings, and anything else that may need repaired to ensure they are secure and in working order. Make sure your loved one has enough food and entertainment, such as books, puzzles and a television. Ensure he or she has a working telephone and ways to quickly seek help, such as a refrigerator magnet with emergency numbers, if a problem arises when he or she is alone.

Enjoy Time Together

During your visits, make sure you take the time to talk to each other, play games or do things you have always enjoyed together. This helps your loved one socialize and maintain a good mood to reduce the risk of issues, such as depression.

These Alzheimer’s and dementia care tips allow visitors to make the most of their limited time with their loved one. Create a checklist to make sure you remember to take care of these tasks with each visit. To know more contact Capital City Nurses at 866-687-7307. Join them on LinkedIn to get the latest news, insights, and opportunities!

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