Visiting a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s can be emotionally rewarding but also frustrating and scary to some. Many people feel unsure how to act and speak with someone who has Alzheimer’s. These tips can make your visit more enjoyable and help you interact with your loved one in a meaningful way.
Give Your Loved One Time to Respond
Seniors with Alzheimer’s have difficulty processing more than one thing at a time. Ask only one question at a time, speak slowly, and give your loved one time to respond to avoid confusion or irritation.
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Use Your Loved One’s Name Often
People with Alzheimer’s usually respond positively to hearing their own name frequently in conversation. Using your loved one’s name rather than “Mom” or “Dad” can also help you avoid distressing your loved one if he or she believes his or her children are still young, in which case you couldn’t possibly be the child.
Focus on One-on-One Visits
It’s best to visit alone or in a very small group, as people with Alzheimer’s can become overstimulated with too many people in the room. Whenever possible, try to schedule one-on-one visits with your loved one.
Scheduling one-on-one visits from an in-home caregiver can also benefit your loved one in a variety of ways. Elderly care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers.
Don’t Ask if Your Loved One Remembers
Asking your loved one if he or she remembers something could cause hurt feelings, anger, or embarrassment. Instead, offer reminders. Don’t assume your loved one doesn’t remember something, as people with Alzheimer’s can have times of perfect lucidity and remember things they otherwise wouldn’t.
Make Eye Contact at Eye Level
Standing or hovering over your loved one could make him or her nervous or anxious. Kneel or sit near your loved one and make eye contact during the conversation to make him or her feel more comfortable.
Don’t Mention Repetition
Your loved one may repeat questions or stories over and over again. Remember he or she isn’t aware of this repetition. Don’t mention the repetition or it could make your loved one feel embarrassed or upset. Simply stay calm and act as if it’s the first time you’ve heard whatever it is your loved one is saying.
If your elderly loved one is living with Alzheimer’s and needs help managing the symptoms, turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Alzheimer’s care. Colorado Springs seniors can rely on our revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program that promotes cognitive health and delays the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. CTM also encourages seniors to engage with others in an enjoyable way and helps them build new routines to look forward to. To schedule a no-obligation consultation, call one of our qualified Care Managers today at (719) 822-1229.