Posted on: 20 January 2016Share
Navigating through the unfamiliar territory of a loved one's dementia care plan can be challenging for caregivers who must find a way to strike a balance between soothing their loved one and keeping them safe. Due to the progression of the disease, it can also seem as though new behaviors appear as soon as the first ones were managed. For this reason, it is important for you to have a full understanding of the types of behaviors you can expect with each stage along with a set of strategies that can ensure your loved one receives the best possible care.
During the early stages of dementia, you may notice your loved one experience mild incidents of memory loss. They may forget appointments or skip taking their medications. Since many dementia patients are still living independently at this stage, memory aids can become increasingly important. Calendars, alarms and medication dispensers can all help you to remind your loved one of important events throughout their day.
Calm Negative Emotions
As your loved one encounters more challenges due to the progression of their dementia, you can also expect them to exhibit strong emotional responses at times. Frustration, anger and refusal to accept help with daily activities can all be hard to accept as a caregiver. Try to remember not to take these responses personally. Instead, focus on the underlying reason for the behavior. For example, a person who is agitated may be uncomfortable due to physical distress. Once this need is addressed, then their behavior will return to normal.
Manage Sundowning and Shadowing
Dementia caregivers frequently report that their loved ones experience periods of agitation and restlessness in the late evening hours. This is called sundowning. According to the Alzheimer's Federation of America, this is more likely to start during the middle stages of the disease, and you can expect it to increase through the later stages. Shadowing may accompany
According to the Alzheimer's Association, over 60 percent of people with dementia will wander, and approximately half of those who are not found within one day experience an injury or death. As with the other dementia-related behaviors, this risk
Although these strategies can help you to care for your loved one during