Memory loss may be a relatively common issue of older adulthood, but that does not mean your senior has to just “deal with it”. While the effects of memory loss can be extensive, encouraging your parent to continue doing as much as they can to preserve their independence and autonomy can go a far way in helping them maintain their quality of life, health, and well-being as they age in place.
Use these tips to help your senior with memory loss feel independent in their home:
-Post notes throughout the home. If your parent is dealing with challenges remembering how to handle tasks throughout the home such as how to use specific appliances, or how to make their coffee in the morning, help to jog their memory by posting instructions. Type up a simple version of how to do the task, laminate it, and put it where it is easily visible.
-Follow a routine. Predictability is important for anyone dealing with memory loss. If your aging parent is struggling with memory, establishing a set routine for them allows them to feel more secure and in control because they know what to anticipate. This also helps them to go through with their daily tasks with greater confidence because they will know what to do next.
-Use a voice recorder. Give your parent a voice recorder and teach them how to use it so they can make notes to themselves throughout the day. Whether it is to remind themselves of something they need to do, noting their medication schedule, or making a grocery list, being able to speak these reminders gives your parent a sense of control and easily lets them check their reminders.
-Consider elder care. Having an elderly home care services provider in the home with your parent means your parent can feel confident someone is there to not only help them keep their day structured, but also to give guidance and assistance with the tasks they must complete each day. This can be particularly beneficial for keeping your senior compliant with medications by offering reminders so your senior takes their medications when and how they are meant to for the maximum benefit.
Struggling with memory loss is difficult for anyone, but it does not mean your senior cannot enjoy a safe, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyle as they age in place.
As their family caregiver, there are many things you can do to help your parent cope with their memory loss, and continue to pursue an independent and autonomous way of life.
One of the most meaningful is starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a schedule that is right for their needs, as well as the care you already provide them. Through a set of highly customized services, this care provider will help your senior manage their individual needs and challenges, and stay as independent as possible. Not only it does this help your senior to maintain a better mental and emotional health, but can also support better cognitive functioning by stimulating their mind.
If you or an aging loved one is considering Elderly Care in Montgomery, OH, please contact the caring staff at Queen City Elder Care today. Serving Cincinnati and Surrounding Communities. Call Us Today (513) 510-4410.
Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.
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