Nursing Care for Alzheimer’s

Caregiving for a next of kin with Alzheimer’s can be extremely stressful as the disease deteriorates.
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Suggestions for successful communication with sufferers of Alzheimer’s:
- cut down on distractions, noise and other things that will impede communication. This will enable the caregiver to understand what the individual with Alzheimer’s is saying and vice versa.
- speak calmly in simple and short sentences.
- calling by name and only continuing after getting his/her attention.
- predict or suggest words that the person is struggling to say but cannot.
- framing instructions and questions in a positive manner.

Suggestions for bathing sufferers of Alzheimer’s:
- understanding that bathing can be daunting for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and to exercise patience.
- testing the water temperature before the person bathes
- using toilet friendly features like shower chair, grab bars etc…
- never leaving the person alone in the shower.
- telling the person what you are going to do in a step by step manner to prepare him/her properly.

Suggestions for dressing sufferers of Alzheimer’s:
- having the person get dressed in a routine schedule, so that it becomes habitual.
- encouragement coupled with enough time to allow the person to dress at their own pace.
- allow only a limited range of outfits for selection.
- avoid buttons and zippers and use clothing with Velcro closures.
- arrange clothes in an order that they reduce confusion.

Suggestions for helping sufferers of Alzheimer’s eat:
- limit food choices after taking into factoring in physical and medical considerations.
- use deep bowls and crockery with large handles to promote independence while eating. Fluids can be introduced via straws or cups with lids.
- play soothing music while having meals.
- do understand that the risk of choking increases while the disease progresses.

Suggestions for helping sufferers of Alzheimer’s sleep better:
- limit daytime napping to ensure that the individual sleeps better at night.
- schedule more physically demanding activities earlier in the day.
- restrict caffeine access in the evening.

Suggestions for helping sufferers of Alzheimer’s with hallucinations and delusions:
- try to minimize confrontation or arguments about what he/she sees or hears.
- distract the person to perform another activity such as going for a walk or even just leaving the room.
- turn off the television when violent programs are shown.
- ensure harmful items are kept away from the sufferers. Kitchens should preferably be locked at night.
- consider using monitoring devices that might detect calls for help.

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