Active Alzheimer’s Care

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Active Alzheimer’s Care Begins by Recognizing an Individual’s Personhood

 

It starts with understanding the limitations of short-term memory loss—one cannot expect the Alzheimer’s sufferer to complete a series of activities.

But simple either/or, this or that questions allow the person to respond and participate.

The person is asked, for example, “Would you like to wear the blue shirt or the white shirt today?”

Short term memory is in serious decline but, at least initially, long term memory may be functioning just fine.

Established habits may be comforting. Personality traits remain. Interests can be prompted, encouraged, engaged.

This knowledge is incorporated into the Active Alzheimer’s Care model practiced by Care for You Companions.

Engagement On Their Terms

Among the many benefits of Active Alzheimer’s Care are increased movement, social interaction, and an ongoing involvement in one’s own life.

Take eating for example—it’s a necessary activity, but for the Alzheimer’s or dementia sufferer it will take longer than an allotted 20-35 minutes to consume the food. That’s okay. And it’s an opportunity.

Even before sitting down to eat, the person can be included by helping to set the table. But instead of saying, “Set the table,” ask the person if he wouldn’t mind putting the place-mats on the table, then the plates, the forks …

The idea is not to frustrate with tasks that require remembering a sequence of actions, but to engage with the person.

The Compassionate Alternative

This active engagement stands in stark contrast to the assisted-living “memory unit”, a place where Alzheimer’s residents are kept in a locked area.

Active Alzheimer’s Care acknowledges the person has an (as yet) incurable disease while nurturing the person’s remaining abilities.

 

“She more than likely would not be with us today if it was not for the caring of Care for You. She’d have been in lockdown, forcibly drugged into submission with no quality of life, and most likely dead by now. The Trust is happy that she has improved a great deal with her life. The ladies at the front desk of her apartment complex have stated that she is a changed woman. Even some of the neighbors who watched the drama through the years have pulled me aside on my visits to the complex. Wonderful…fantastic…wow…incredible!” — Nathan A., Guardian & Conservator

 

We Work With Individuals, Who Have Individual Needs

To learn more about Active Alzheimer’s Care call us today at 301-650-4169.

Or, if you’d prefer, you can visit our Contact page and schedule a free, in-home needs assessment.

We look forward to working with you.