Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease requires you to alter your home environment. As the Alzheimer’s disease progresses and worsens, it requires caregivers to adapt to changes in feeding and nutrition, activities, and your home. It can be a complex and difficult undertaking to alter your home care environment for family members not trained in elder care.
A professional geriatric care manager can help alter your home environment quickly. They understand the unique characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease and the personality and behavioral changes it can cause around the house. Most importantly, they will alter your home environment to increase safety and prevent falls. Here is how a geriatric care manager helps you care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
One characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease is that it may cause the person to wander. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that three out of five people with the disease may wander. Some may wander around the home endlessly, never stopping to sit down. Others may become lost or disoriented in their neighborhoods and wander while trying to find their way home. If your loved one paces around the house, or has difficulty finding the bedroom or bathroom, you’ll want to take action and alter your home environment.
You can implement the following strategies to help mitigate this risk:
Geriatric care managers can alter your care environement and address many of the risks of Alzheimer’s disease. He or she can help you to conduct a home safety evaluation and identify ways to keep your loved one safe inside. For example, falls can be prevented by addressing fall hazards including:
Understanding the serious symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can help you cope with the personality and behavioral changes that you witness in your loved one. Alzheimer’s disease progresses through stages and each brings with it different physical, mental and emotional changes. A normally reserved, polite person may become rude and have outbursts. A person who is usually happy may become depressed and despondent. Geriatric care managers have years of advanced training and can help you understand these changes and develop strategies that may avoid behavioral triggers.
The objectivity of a geriatric care manager helps you deal with the pressures of caregiving and the emotional toll it causes. They can step in and help you when you begin to feel overwhelmed. A geriatric care manager will have extensive resources in the local community to help you with caregiving responsibilities. They can help you with transportation, housing, personal care, legal or financial issues, and long-term health care options.
Geriatric care managers are trained to help you care for a loved one. They can relieve the stress and pressure of caregiving by providing decision support, access to needed resources, and help to take action. Whether your house needs to be adapted to make it safe for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, or you need support with the stress of caregiving, a geriatric care manager can make life easier to manage.