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Dementia

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Posted on November 9th, 2016 by Teri Dreher, under Alzheimer's and Dementia, Tips & Resources

Most people with dementia would like to continue living at home. Their loved ones would like to be able to see that happen too. If conditions are right, your family member can continue living at home until the end of their life. They will be able to enjoy the comfort of familiar surroundings.
There are four important factors that must be considered in order for this to happen.

Keep them safe –

In order for your loved one to be kept home, he or she must be kept safe. This means their home environment has to be modified to compensate for their lack of safety awareness. Most likely this means 24/7 supervision. In addition, potential hazards must be removed throughout their home. If your loved one wants to go outside alone, you may want alert devices in place. When your yard is fenced in, lock the gates so your loved one can’t get out.

Supervision must be provided –

When you hire additional help, make sure you have scheduled sufficient hours because the caregiver needs to develop and maintain a good relationship with your loved one. Once a relationship is established, there will be less resistance on the part of your loved one. The person you hire should have been trained in proper dementia care approaches so your loved one will see this individual as a companion.

Skilled nursing is not required –

As long as highly skilled nursing care is not needed, your loved one can continue to live at home. The family can handle daily tasks allowing the person with dementia to age in place at home. Palliative and hospice care services will increase the quality of life.

Develop a socialization program –

It is also important that your loved one has opportunities for socializing and meaningful activities. Contact your loved ones’ friends and invite them over for an afternoon. They may want to talk about old times or even play cards. Another option you may want to consider is enrolling your loved one in a daycare program two or three times a week.

Please share –

What activities or techniques do you use to help your loved one with dementia. Our readers would like to know.

With over 36 years of clinical experience in Critical Care nursing, home based health care and expertise as a cardiovascular nurse clinician, Teri is well acquainted with the complexities of the modern healthcare system. She has served as a nursing leader, mentor, educator, and consistent patient advocate throughout her career in some of the best hospitals across the country. Her passion to keep the patient at the center of the model of nursing care led her to incorporate NShore Patient Advocates, LLC in 2011, serving clients throughout the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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