Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Staying Positive While Caregiving
Throughout your journey as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia you may come to forks and bumps in the road and as you pass these obstacles, you may learn some tips and tricks along the way. You may think to yourself, “Dad’s driving me crazy, I don’t know who this man is that he keeps looking for” or “I can’t get through to Aunt Jane anymore and there are not enough hours in the day to try”.
Before losing hope, keep in mind the following tips to keep a positive outlook.
1. Even when your loved one seems like a different person, remember, they are still inside and you love them very dearly.
2. Help to make personal space and boundaries comfortable. Bathing and dressing your mom may have never been a part of your job as a young girl, but taking this task while keeping moms dignity in tack will help her feel at ease
3. Patience is always a virtue!
4. You must trust yourself first to help your loved one trust in you.
5. Don’t view caring for a loved one as an obligation. Give it your heart.
6. Don’t neglect the feelings and opinions of the person you care for. They can still teach you valuable life lessons.
7. Non-Verbal clues are a perfect way to ensure your loved one is safe, sound, and happy. A constant kicking or stomping of the foot could be out of boredom, pain, or frustration. Always look for clues and then take the appropriate steps.
8. You don’t have to climb mountains every time something comes up, but be sure to listen to every emotional and physical need.
9. Caregiving comes with an endless list of tasks but continue to be present. Always involve your loved one. When doing household chores like folding laundry or washing dishes.
10. One of the absolute finest skills as a caregiver to someone with dementia is to involve the sense of touch. Your loved one thrives off of the feeling of love and true care from those around them. Don’t be afraid to hold their hand and sing to them or play with mom’s hair while you watch a movie together.
11. Remember that words or actions of anger from your loved one can be them expressing the need to feel independent. Keep their independence alive.
12. Keep a circle of teammates. Health care professionals, friends willing to help, family, and even your loved one should be included in this team. A teamwork attitude is the way to go!
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