Caregivers play a crucial role in helping families living with a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. People with Alzheimer’s need all the support there is to make their lives comfortable. There are countless ways to help loved ones, even in the smallest ways.
But first of all, you have to learn more about Alzheimer’s, its effects, and how to take care of someone with the disease. Empowering yourself with knowledge can go a long way in helping you offer the best assistance and support.
Some ways to offer support to families include;
- Get in touch: Keeping in touch by paying them regular visits, calling them more often, or just sending a card shows them your concern, love, and care.
- Offer friendship and support: Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be stressful for the whole family. This is the time that offering your friendship and support can mean a lot.
- Help with daily tasks: The family can feel overwhelmed with their to-do list and other tasks, especially when they have to stay and attend to their loved one. Offering help can ease their burden as they attend to other daily tasks. You could provide them a ride, prepare a family meal, or run a few errands for them.
- Offer a reprieve: The family members also need a break after months of taking care of their loved one. You can offer to spend some time with their loved one living with Alzheimer’s. It will even be better if you bring your friends along. Offering them a reprieve will allow them a much-needed break.
- Engage them in Activities: Taking care of a person with Alzheimer’s is like an occupation that requires constant attention. And just like every other occupation, people need to energize and refresh their minds to better care for their loved one. Engaging the family in activities like taking walks, playing a game, or cleaning can help them renew their strength and mood.