With so much available to read how is an overwhelmed caregiver supposed to keep up with everything that could make their caregiving job easier while still keeping their loved one safe and happy? There isn't time in a day to do everything let alone do research!
In today's paper there is an alert about a woman in her 70s with Alzheimer's disease who has gone missing in Beaverton. How sad for the family of that woman who have to be frantic searching for her! Hopefully she was enrolled in the Safe Return Program offered by the Alzheimer's association and will be located very soon.
We've discovered a website written by Christy Turner with caregiving tips of the day with such helpful information dealing with just one thing at a time. Today's tip is #24 and deals with encouraging and reassuring your loved one as they attempt grooming and/or dressing themselves. It points out that if they don't want your help to make things perfect you need to just back off and let it go. Tip #9 deals with wandering and states that 70% of people with dementia will wander away at some point during their disease. Great information to know!
Just snippets of information is what a person needs sometimes and not volumes to try and decipher. Follow Christy's blog postings each day by clicking on "blog" at http://ctcdementiacaremanagement.com We signed up on her Facebook page to automatically get daily updates.
Making life as easy as possible for the caregiver will not only help relieve their stress level but it will help them continue to give good care for as long as it's necessary.