Preparing for the holidays when your loved one has Alzheimer's Disease

MediNurse offers caregivers tips and support for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's Disease

MediNurse Offers Caregivers Tips and Support for Loved Ones Suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease

One in eight Americans suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior.  The holidays can be especially difficult for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. Memories of better times may surface as reminders of what you've lost or what has changed. MediNurse offers tips for enjoying a stress-free holiday season while caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Keep daily routines in place as much as possible and, as needed, provide your loved one a place to rest during family get-togethers.
  • Celebrate in the most familiar setting. For many people who have Alzheimer's, a change of environment can cause anxiety. Consider the most comfortable setting for your loved one and choose a familiar location to celebrate your family holiday.
  • Consider the time of day when planning holiday get-togethers. Remember people who have Alzheimer's tire easily, especially as the disease progresses. Your loved one may appreciate morning and lunchtime visitors more than afternoon or evening visits.
  • If caring for a loved one at home, include him or her in holiday preparations. Remember to concentrate on the process, rather than the result.
  • Tone down the holiday decorations. Blinking lights and large decorative displays can cause disorientation. Avoid lighted candles and other safety hazards, as well as decorations that could be mistaken for edible treats such as artificial fruits.

“The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, but especially so for caretakers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease” explains Carolynn Ingerson-Hoffman, RN, president and founder of MediNurse, now in its 27th year as the premier provider of private duty services and corporate wellness programs in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  “We specialize in helping families and caregivers so that life continues to be meaningful and productive for everyone involved.” 

MediNurse provides companions and highly trained Registered Nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week when needed.  MediNurse also offers a support system to family caregivers who often need tips and welcome insights when providing constant care for someone with Alzheimer’s. 

For more information about caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, contact MediNurse at 314.781.2800 or www.medinurse.com.

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