This morning, I had the pleasure of hearing my friend, MaryAnn, speak about what she loved to do.
MaryAnn is the owner of “Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care” and “Help at Home” (you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-520-0116). An RN for more than 30 years, she now manages a business that caters to white glove service for those that need help at home to care for loved ones. She had 4 tips that I thought I would share with you all:
- Don’t argue! If your loved one thinks you are Aunt Ethel – go with it. It’s their reality for that moment. Better to move on with the day than to spend it arguing.
- Only give 2 choices! Whether it’s a meal, getting dressed or a bath – only give 2 choices. They will get lost in the rest of the options.
- For wanderers: If you fear your loved one will wander out an open door – place a black bath mat in front of it. It gives the illusion of a hole and will ofter make them not go any further.
- For appetite issues: If your loved one has a decreased appetite – try serving a meal on a red plate. Studies show it increases the appetite up to 25%!
I thought these tips were a great way to help manage those we love that are suffering from memory issues.