Your mom or dad has Alzheimer’s. As you shift to providing safe home care, you’re wondering what do you do to make the home as safe as possible. You’ll have caregivers keeping her company and helping with daily activities of living. What else should you be doing?
Alzheimer’s Can Change Perceptions of Things Around You
When your parent has Alzheimer’s, it can affect how they see things. A dark blue rug on a wooden floor make look normal to you, but it can look like a hole in the floor to your mom or dad. Go through the home and look for contrasts.
A black and white checked floor can be impossible for someone with Alzheimer’s to walk on. Depth perception changes may make a staircase look flat. Consider these as you make the changes. You might have to invest in a large rug to cover a floor that has darker and lighter tiles. You may need to put a gate at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent a fall.
Lighting Needs to Be Bright
Shadows and dim lighting can be frightening as Alzheimer’s worsens. Sundowning is a condition that affects 20 percent of Alzheimer’s patients. As the sunlight changes as sun shifts from day to night, it affects their mood. They can become anxious, have sudden mood swings, or be very restless.
Bright lighting helps with sundowning. Make sure halls and rooms don’t have shadowy areas. These can be frightening. Have the lights turn on automatically before the sun starts to set. Put lamps on timers or use lamps that turn on automatically when the lighting in a room starts to dim.
Install Door Alarms
To get a good night’s sleep, you’ll want peace of mind. Your mom or dad may wander while you’re sleeping. With door alarms, you’ll wake up to an audible alarm that alerts you when a door is opened. There are also alarms that go off if your parent leaves his or her room or gets out of bed.
You may opt to provide the bulk of your mom or dad’s care. It’s understandable. You do need to consider respite care, however. You’ll need breaks away for your own mental and physical health. Caregivers fill in for you. They provide the care your parent needs while you go out, take a bath, or go for a walk.
Caregivers can also help with the daily chores that are harder to handle. With caregivers, you can have the caregiver help with bathing and grooming. Caregivers can cook your parent’s meals and help them eat. Learn more about respite care and other Alzheimer’s care services by calling today.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN MOORESVILLE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.