Caregivers in Atlanta Reveal How to Deal with the Hardest Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregivers in AtlantaFor those providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia, a number of complicated effects must be carefully managed, but perhaps the most challenging include hallucinations, illusions, and suspicions that other people are out to cause harm or ill will. Mistaken impressions such as these develop typically in the later periods of progressive dementia as a result of changes within the brain. It is vital to first understand the reasons behind these feelings and behaviors, and to manage the underlying cause. [Read more…]

Personal Care Tip: Creating Joy Around Bath Time

Personal CareWhat feels more soothing than sinking into a warm, relaxing bath at the end of a lengthy, demanding day? While most of us relish the wonderful comfort that a bath brings, for seniors, especially those struggling with the challenges of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, personal care is certainly not blissful.

For a number of reasons, such as memory issues, feelings of vulnerability, or physical discomfort from the pressure or temperature associated with the water, assisting a senior with washing can feel more like entering a battleground.

Regency Home Care in Atlanta wants to help restore the joy of bath time for both the senior and his or her caregiver with these personal care tips:

  • Ensure safety. Keeping the bath area free from hazards is crucial. Make sure that:
    • Grab bars and mats that are slip-resistant are strategically placed in and around the tub
    • The water temperature is comfortable (around 100 – 101 degrees is best)
    • By no means should you ever leave a senior with dementia unsupervised in the bathroom
  • Be innovative. Who says one person’s bath time experience has to be like everybody else’s? Try thinking outside of the box to find what works best for your senior loved one:
    • In the event that the senior delights in music, try singing or playing some favorite songs as a distraction
    • Try a “dry” bed bath using no-rinse soap, dry shampoo, and a warm, moist towel
    • Each day over the period of a week, incorporate a seven-day bath, which involves cleaning just a portion of the body
    • Helping the older person with both toileting and cleaning simultaneously can be effective for those experiencing a high level of anxiety or agitation
  • Allow control. One of the most difficult aspects of being cared for is losing independence. Assist the older adult to regain a sense of control through:
    • Offering choices
    • Enlisting his or her support (i.e., holding the washcloth or bottle of shampoo)

It could take some trial and error to find out what makes your elderly loved one most comfortable. Additionally, she or he will detect any frustrations you’re feeling, which could escalate the level of agitation for both of you. A healthy dose of persistence and a sense of humor can go a long way towards helping the older adult relax.

For more personal care tips on how to turn tears to smiles during bath time, contact Regency Home Care. Our professional in-home senior care experts can assist with a complete range of personal care services, including washing, toileting, dressing, hair and skin care, and much more. Partnering with Regency Home Care gives family members the freedom to spend more quality time with their senior loved one, and also to take a much-needed break to rest and recharge. Contact our Atlanta senior care experts today at (678) 999-2446 to learn more.

Five Tips for Speaking to Employers About the Need for Senior Care

Work Life BalanceIt’s becoming an increasingly common story – adult children becoming responsible for the care needs of their parents or aging relatives. But even though it is increasingly common, it’s not easy for many families, given the many demands on everyone’s time these days.

With as many as 40 million Americans providing care for an elderly parent, and 70% of them finding the need to make adjustments in the workplace as a result, it’s an issue for both employees and employers to bring to the forefront. If you’re in the position of family caregiver for an aging parent, and your employer is one of many who haven’t yet embraced an eldercare-friendly work environment, try some of these suggestions to get the ball rolling. If you feel it would be helpful, we would be glad to speak to them about Regency Home Care’s eldercare programs:

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Important Advice For Every Family Caregiver In The Atlanta Area

Atlanta caregiversCaring for a loved one as he or she ages can be a very rewarding experience, but it isn’t without challenges. Millions of Americans have taken on the role of caregiver for an elderly parent. While your relationship with your parent may have always been great, constant caregiving and feeling like there’s a role reversal between child and parent can be extremely stressful. It is important for all caregivers to learn how to manage their emotions for their health and the health of their loved ones. [Read more…]

What Does “Healthy Eating” Mean?

Most of us know that staying healthy includes making smart food choices and being physically active. But we’re not always sure what healthy eating really means.

“I have good intentions to eat right, I really do,” says Ben, 59, “but sometimes I’m just not sure what that means exactly.” [Read more…]