“I want to go home! Please take me home!” These repeated words from a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be agonizing, especially if your loved one already is home. Sadly, if you are providing care for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, this discussion happens repeatedly. And the distress and sorrowful yearning being expressed are nothing less than heartbreaking – and, if we’re honest, aggravating.
The Denton home care experts at Heaven at Home Senior Care offer uniquely trained Alzheimer’s caregiving teams to help family members cope with tough circumstances such as this, and we highly recommend trying the following to help you return peacefulness to an unsettled senior exhibiting these types of Alzheimer’s symptoms:
- Validate the senior’s words rather than rationalize them. Reasoning or arguing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s may actually escalate stress and unrest. Even when the older person is in the same home she’s lived in for decades, in her thoughts, “home” could symbolize the security she felt in her childhood house together with her mom and dad. Her feelings of loss are quite real, and ought to be acknowledged.
- Give reassurance. Have a very calm, soothing tone of voice and body language and sit next to the senior, offering consolation by way of a hug, hand-holding, or maybe kindly touching the person’s arm, if these kinds of actions are accepted.
- And then redirect. When you’ve presented a soothing presence and affirmed the senior’s views, redirection to some pleasant, enjoyable activity can help. Taking a walk outdoors or in another section of the home, enjoying favorite songs, or checking out photograph collections are just a very few ideas; take into account the particular person and integrate what works best for her.
For further suggestions about helping bring back peace to a distressed senior with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, contact Heaven at Home Senior Care at (940) 432-5670. We are able to help keep seniors safe, enhance socialization, and present them with chances to reinforce both cognitive and physical wellbeing through services such as:
- Patient, sensitive assistance with personal care tasks such as bathing and dressing
- Engaging in conversations and reminiscing about the past
- Assisting a senior with doctor-approved activities and exercises
- Playing mind stimulation games with the senior
- Planning and making nutritious meals
- Running errands such as picking up groceries and prescription medications
- Providing transportation to medical appointments and other outings
- And so much more
Whether two or three hours each week of respite care for primary family caregivers are necessary, or full-time, seamless, around-the-clock caregiving is preferred, we’re available to partner with you to deliver the highest quality dementia care. Contact us to find out more and to arrange for a free in-home assessment.