Memory Care comes in various forms. Whether a person living with Memory Loss is being cared for at home or in a Memory Care environment, respect and compassion must play a role in the day-to-day care provided.
To enhance the life of a person living with Memory Loss, there are several tips and techniques Care Partners should follow.
Set a Positive Mood for Interaction
It is vital to maintain a positive mood during all physical and verbal interactions with a person living with Memory Loss. Be aware of facial expressions, attitude, body language, and tone of voice. Walking into the room with a smile can help set the tone each time.
Speak Slowly in a Reassuring Tone
Frustration, confusion, and sometimes fear are all considered to be symptoms of dementia. Being patient and take the time to explain yourself and reassure your loved one is important to help show compassion and respect to the person living with Memory Loss.
As prescribed medication is to be administered on a strict schedule, the Care Partner(s) must follow a routine. A person living with Memory Loss may need assistance with administration and monitoring in regard to the type and time of medication to be taken. Also people living with Memory Loss need their medications reviewed regularly as their disease progresses. Talk to you doctor if you are finding the medications are causing falls, increased confusion, over sedation, or are no longer being effective for their needs.
Focus on Mealtimes
Nutrition is important to support a healthy lifestyle, including mental stability. Memory Loss brings challenges in respect to the need and desire to eat regular meals. The brain requires balanced nutrition with a focus on green leafy vegetables, fish, whole grains, and berries.
Create a Safe Environment
As Memory Loss can cause confusion, disorientation, and wandering, it is vital to create a safe living environment. Support Memory Care by installing safety features such as railings, outlet covers, bathroom bars, stair grips, avoiding carpets and rugs that present trip hazards and cabinet latches.
Create a Routine for Daily Chores
To help slow down the cognitive progression of Memory issues, following a routine each day may help. Having set times for bathing, grooming, eating, exercising, and administrating medication provides a good routine for everyone.
Keep Them Physically and Mentally Active
Physical health is important for everyone as being active is good for the heart, muscles, joints, and even the brain. Physical fitness helps improve blood flow to support good mental health and physical health, which is also crucial to those living with Memory Loss.
Use Expert Tips to Manage Challenging Behaviours
Those living with Memory Loss might find it difficult to express their feelings, needs, and wants. This can lead to responsive behaviours. While some people may not exhibit challenging behaviours, brain functions can change as the condition progresses.
Have Them Help with Familiar Activities
Activities for those living with dementia are designed to assist in maintaining forms of independence, as little as some instances may be. Constant interactions with daily living activities, enjoyable hobbies, and contact with family and friends can help.
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