Yes. Seniors In Place specializes in memory challenges, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care. Here are some proven tips that may help you and your mom right now.
6 Good Tips
- Help may be as simple as providing additional part-time care so that your mom doesn’t feel alone. As memory fades, your mom may need consistent, mild cues to remember to eat, to change clothes, to take a shower, how to use the phone and make phone calls, and/or how to turn on the television or radio.
- Slow down. Speak slowly and keep conversations clear and to the point.
- Be patient. You may have to repeat the same facts many times. It can be difficult, but the worst thing you can do is to let your mom see you getting upset.
- Give your mom plenty of time to speak. She may be searching for just the right words to describe what she’s feeling, and it will be a relief to her to be able to express herself.
- Share old stories and family history – a great bonding activity. Often seniors can remember things from their childhood without recalling what they did that morning.
- Ask your mom about her parents, her marriage(s), where she was born, where she grew up. Take delight with her as she remembers time gone by. It makes the present seem so much more pleasant.
Caring for a senior loved one with memory issues can be agonizing. Your vibrant and smart mom can seem to be diminishing before your very eyes. It’s possible you need expert guidance.
Seniors In Place team of Registered Nurses oversees all client cases
Our Certified Home Health Aides are carefully trained to help clients with Alzheimer’s, memory issues, or cognitive impairment. We understand and can answer questions and provide guidance for:
- Memory challenges
- Lewy body dementia
- Personality changes
Memory loss doesn’t have to be dementia
You start to suspect the worst – dementia, even Alzheimer’s. However, just because your mom gets confused and forgets things doesn’t mean she has dementia. It could be as simple as a mild urinary tract infection, or slight memory loss due to the aging process, perhaps exacerbated by other health issues like stress, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, or lack of activity, dehydration, or loneliness.
We hope your mom is simply experiencing symptoms of mild memory loss. However, if your doctor has diagnosed dementia or Alzheimer’s, it is probably not safe to let her continue to live alone.
Seniors In Place can provide the care of a Certified Home Health Aide to enable her to stay safely in her own home. If she is experiencing any of the signs of dementia, we hope you will call us today to answer questions, offer guidance, or provide help.