Alzheimer's Care in Muskegon: Creating Routines and Communicating with Your Loved One

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Posted: 7/15/2019 9:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

For patients with Alzheimer's, every day is filled with new challenges and changing emotions. There's no concrete way to care for an Alzheimer's patient, but there are certain strategies to make the days smoother. For those times when your loved one needs skilled health care, or you need a break from caregiving, call on our Alzheimer's care in Muskegon.

Alzheimer's Care Tips for Creating a Routine and Communicating Effectively

Devising a daily routine can create structure and familiarity for your loved one. To start, you can take note of their behavior and ability patterns. Try to accomplish most of the day's activities during a time when they are most cooperative. If they are more confused or frustrated in the evenings, make that a relaxing time.

Although a daily routine is a great staple to have, it is important that you remain flexible. Each day will be different, and emotions and behaviors will fluctuate. Your routine will likely need to be altered as things shift.

During your daily routine, it is important to communicate effectively with your loved one. Learning to communicate with an Alzheimer's patient can be frustrating, and communication is often difficult for them as well. Here are some communication tips:

  • Remember to be simple and direct when speaking to your loved one. Use easy terms and short sentences.
  • Be kind. Try to stay calm when talking to them instead of speaking harshly, as they can become hurt or defensive.
  • Try to understand them. If you are having difficulty with this, take note of their facial expressions and gestures.

About Our Alzheimer's Care in Muskegon

Here at Interim HealthCare of Norton Shores, we offer a variety of services and Alzheimer's care in our local area. Listed below are some of our care options:

  • Home Health Services: If your loved one needs skilled health care in the home, we offer specialized treatment for Alzheimer's patients, as well as infusion therapy, wound care, and physical/speech therapy.
  • Personal Care and Support: This program facilitates assistance with everyday tasks like bathing, household tasks, and transportation. Our caregivers can also provide companionship for your loved one.
  • Respite Care: If you are a family caregiver, we understand that it's necessary to have time away from your duties. Our caregivers are happy to step in for you and give you the break you need.

To learn more about our Alzheimer's Care in Muskegon, Allendale, Holland, Spring Lake, Coopersville, Whitehall, and Grand Haven, call us today at (231) 629-4219.