People who have Alzheimer’s will eventually need some type of assistance. Many end up in nursing homes. But with a little advance planning, you may be able to keep your loved one with Alzheimer’s in your Topeka home. Here’s where to start:
Know what Topeka Alzheimer’s resources are available. Your loved one will need ongoing Alzheimer’s health care. And you’ll need educational resources, emotional support, and respite services.
Educate yourself. You’ll want to learn as much as you can about your loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease (or other type of dementia), so you’ll know how to prevent difficult situations or how to handle them as they arise.
Enlist the help of a Topeka home health agency. Here are some questions to ask when deciding who should provide home health care to your loved one with Alzheimer’s:
- Does your agency have experience caring for people with dementia?
- Are your caregivers trained in cognitive stimulation activities?
- Do you provide the type of services my loved one needs (e.g., bathing, dressing, grooming, meal preparation, medication reminders)?
- Will my loved one have the same caregivers consistently?
- Do you provide round-the-clock care?
- Are your caregivers bonded and insured? Do you do background checks on your caregivers?
Implement safety measures. Home safety for people with Alzheimer’s is more than just reducing fall risk. You’ll also want to install door locks out of reach and alarms on exists, childproof electrical plugs and kitchen cabinets, and hide the car keys.
Use technology, signs, and labels. Invest in a GPS tracking device and/or motion sensors to prevent wandering. Add signs to doors and put labels on commonly-used household items. Use recording devices to record daily reminders.
If given a choice, most people with Alzheimer’s would likely choose to stay at home with their families. And with a little help and some advance planning, you can make that happen for someone you love.