Caring for a Personal with Alzheimer’s Disease

 

At some point in Alzheimer’s patient’s life they will need constant care and attention. With every aspect of daily living becoming harder to complete individually.

 

Some instances would include:

Bathing

  • Get the soap, washcloth, towels, and shampoo ready.
  • Make sure the bathroom is warm and well lighted. Play soft music if it helps to relax the person.
  • Be matter-of-fact about bathing. Say, "It's time for a bath now." Don't argue about the need for a bath or shower.
  • Be gentle and respectful. Tell the person what you are going to do, step-by-step.
  • Make sure the water temperature in the bath or shower is comfortable.

 

Dressing

  • People with Alzheimer’s often need more time to dress. It can be hard for them to choose their clothes.
  • They might wear the wrong clothing for the season.
  • They also might wear colors that don't go together or forget to put on a piece of clothing. Allow the person to dress on his or her own for as long as possible.

 

Mouth Care

  • Show the person how to brush his or her teeth. Go step-by-step. For example, pick up the toothpaste, take the top off, put the toothpaste on the toothbrush, and then brush. Remember to let the person do as much as possible.
  • Brush your teeth at the same time.
  • Help the person clean his or her dentures. Make sure he or she uses the denture cleaning material the right way.
  • Ask the person to rinse his or her mouth with water after each meal and use mouthwash once a day.
  • Try a long-handled, angled, or electric toothbrush, if you need to brush the person's teeth.
  • Take the individual to see a dentist. Some dentists specialize in treating people with Alzheimer’s. Be sure to follow the dentist's advice about how often to make an appointment.

 

 

To learn more please visit The National Institute on Aging: https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/caring-person-ad/providing-everyday-care-people-ad

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