Creating a Calm Home Environment for Your Loved One
If you are caring for someone with a degenerative neurological disorder, you may understand why their surrounding environment needs to be organized in a particular way. Disorders like Alzheimer’s or other related dementias can result in memory loss and confusion. Noisy and distracting environments can lead to increased anxiety, confusion, and the onset of negative behaviors. In order to avoid these problems, it is best to think ahead and create the environment that is best-suited for your loved one.
Below we will describe some ways to start thinking about creating a suitable environment for your loved one. This blog focuses on home environments and not assisted living facilities and other places.
Consider these Tips to Make Home More Comfortable
(1) Reduce noise: One of the most distracting things for someone with a degenerative neurological disorder is loud noise. This can include noise from crowded rooms, television, and kitchen appliances. Such noises can startle and overwhelm your loved one, and can cause them to become frustrated. Try to ensure that your loved one is always in a calm place away from loud, startling noises and crowded rooms. Also, if company comes to visit your loved one, make sure to let everyone know to keep things quiet and calm.
(2) Light up the room: People who have degenerative neurological disorders can often confuse shadows for something else. These delusions are a common symptom of disorders like Alzheimer’s. Sometimes, large shadows from dark environments can confuse your loved one, leading them to believe someone else may be in the room. You can avoid this problem by ensuring that the room where your loved one spends time is always well-lit. Consider buying new lightbulbs if your current ones do not shine as bright.
(3) Clean up clutter: As we age, we may become less able to save ourselves from trips and falls. One culprit of such accidents is clutter on the ground, like shoes, purses, children’s toys, and so on. If you are caring for an aging loved one, do not let these accidents happen. Keep walkways nice and neat, and make sure to provide enough room for your loved one to walk. These preventative measures can help you avoid some serious problems.
(4) Provide soft material: Sometimes, people with degenerative neurological disorders are comforted by soft material, like blankets and pillows. These items can be very comfortable to hold on to and provide relaxation. If you notice your loved one feeling agitated or restless, see if they want something soft to hold.
(5) Accommodate your loved one: Only you know your loved one best, and can create an environment that is suitable for them. If they like soothing colors or certain channels on the TV, then try to incorporate that into their environment. Other suggestions are to keep the house at a desirable temperature and to seat them near common resources, like telephones or bathrooms.
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