If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia, and resides in a long-term care facility, there are many ways that you can provide support and help them live more comfortably. Our Shaker Place team understands the complexities of caring for those with Alzheimer’s and the difference that family support can make in their quality of life. Follow our top tips below to create a strategy that helps support your loved one today.
Create a Daily Routine
One of the best ways to provide your loved one support in their care facility is to help them establish a daily routine. For those suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, an established routine can help ease their feelings of anxiety and help to create a sense of predictability. Be sure to work closely with their caregivers to ensure they are aware of your loved one’s daily routine and can help them to continue their routine with some independence.
Another major way to make your loved one feel safe and supported is to visit them often! Having a reassuring and familiar face around will help them to feel at ease and more comfortable in their space. Make it a point to spend time with them in their room, and other rooms they may use throughout the facility. This will allow them to build better relationships with their surroundings. If you are unable to visit often, set up a scheduled time to speak with your loved one. This can play into their daily routine and help them feel connected to you.
Make The Care Facility Feel Like Home
Creating a comfortable atmosphere is crucial for supporting your loved one in their care facility. Being surrounded with familiar items, photos of loved ones, and things they love can help to reduce their anxiety and stress as they can often feel disoriented and confused.
Promote Physical Activity
Physical activity is a great way to improve physical health, mental health, and cognitive function. Encourage your loved one to participate in low-impact exercises like walking or gentle stretching. We recommend incorporating physical activity into their daily routine if possible. When you visit, get your loved one up and moving around with you.
Encourage your loved one to participate in social events and gatherings at their care facilities. Participating in group activities is a great way to stimulate cognitive function, improve mood, and reduce isolation. We welcome you to attend events as well to provide them with the support they may need to feel confident enough to involve themselves in new things.
Create a Relationship with Your Loved Ones Care Facility
A key part of supporting your loved one’s journey with Alzheimer’s and monitoring their care is to create a good relationship with the team at their care facility. Alzheimer’s patients require specialized care, and the care facility team should be well-trained and able to provide you with insight on your loved one’s condition. Having an experienced team on your side, providing 24/7 care to your loved one can make an incredible difference in their mental and physical health. It can also help you stay informed of their condition and make the right choices for them when needed.
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Creating a strategy of support for your loved one experiencing Alzheimer’s is a key way to help them feel comfortable and improve their quality of life. Visit our website to learn more about our personalized Alzheimer’s programs and our skilled nursing memory care services.