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5 Essential Steps To Be A Great Alzheimer Caregiver
Nobody says itís easy. Yet, itís not something that you canít learn doing.
To help you in the process of being a good caregiver for Alzheimer patients, you can use these essential tips below:
1. Make sure youíre also taken care of
Yes, your health and wellbeing are also important. So, the first step is to make sure that youíre both physically and mentally healthy. Exercising and enough rest will help a lot.
Also, try to contact an Alzheimer support group. You can find it anywhere in your area or even on the internet. Join them to listen to othersí experiences and share yours.
2. Learn to bath your patient
Bathing is the most difficult thing a caregiver needs to do. The patient might be embarrassed or uncomfortable with it. Yet, your help is necessary.
So, to make the patient relaxed, prepare everything in advance. Make sure that the bathing area is pleasant and the water isnít too cold or too hot.
Donít rush or do anything that makes the bathing experience a scary one.
3. Pay attention to your patientís dental hygiene
Brushing teeth is a basic skill that many Alzheimer patients forget. So it might be very difficult for them to do successfully.
And, asking for help can be very demeaning for someone who is fighting the disease with everything they have. What">All you can do is try to offer help simply by giving your patient easy instructions. Make sure those are so simple that they can follow. It makes them feel as though they are still in charge.
4. Advanced Planning
Itís essential to do before the patient becomes too confused and dementia has set it.
The planning includes medical treatment, support and care giving, wills and estate issues, living situations, and the possibility of feeding tubes. This makes sure that the patientís preferences can be followed as much as possible.
5. Selecting a Good Facility
There will be time when the patient canít be taken care at home any longer for many particular reasons.
The most essential thing to keep in mind when looking for a care facility is that it's all about the person who has Alzheimer Disease. Itís not about the family, itís simply only about the best for the patient!
However, remember that nobody is perfect. Just try to give the best. Your love to the patient will be a great help, as well as your huge patience. Donít give up. You can do it.
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