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The person with Alzheimer's - activities

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Activities Activities are the things that we do, including getting dressed, doing chores, and even paying bills. They can represent who we are and what we're about. For the person with Alzheimer's, they can mean the difference between feeling loved and needed and unloved and unnecessary. When planning activities and daily tasks to help the person with Alzheimer's organize the day, think about: The person with Alzheimer's * What skills and abilities does the person have? * What does the person enjoy doing? * Does the person begin activities without direction? * Does the person have physical problems? Your approach * Make the activities part of your daily routine. * Focus on enjoyment, not achievement. * Determine what time of date is best for the activity. * Offer support and supervision. * Be flexible and patient, and stress involvement. * Help the person remain as independent as possible. * Simplify instructions. * Establish a familiar routine. The environment * Make activities safe. * Change your surroundings to encourage activities. * Minimize distractions that can frighten or confuse the person. Structuring the day When structuring the day, consider the following activities: Morning activities * Wash up, brush teeth, and get dressed. * Prepare and eat breakfast. * Discuss the newspaper or reminisce about old photos. Afternoon activities * Prepare and eat lunch, read mail, and clear and wash dishes. * Listen to music or do a crossword puzzle. * Take a walk. Evening activities * Prepare and eat dinner. * Play cards or watch a movie. * Read a book or magazine Communication People with Alzheimer's disease often find it difficult to express themselves and understand others. They may: * Have difficulty finding the right words * Use familiar words repeatedly * Invent new words to describe familiar objects * Frequently lose their train of thought * Experience difficulty organizing words logically * Revert to speaking in a native language * Curse or use offensive words * Speak less often * Rely on nonverbal ...read more.

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Ask if there have been any behavioral changes, health problems, or safety issues. * Take time to reconnect with your loved one by talking, listening to music, going for a walk, or participating in activities you enjoy together. Consider carefully before moving a loved one into your home The decision to move the person to your home is influenced by many factors. Here are some things to think about before moving the person into your home: * Does he or she want to move? What about his or her spouse? * Is your home equipped for this person? * Will someone be at home to care for the person? * How does the rest of the family feel about the move? * How will this move affect your job, family, and finances? * What respite services are available in your community to assist you? Moving a person with Alzheimer's disease from familiar surroundings may cause increased agitation and confusion. You may want to talk with your loved one's physician or a social worker or call your local Alzheimer's Association chapter for assistance before making a decision. In some situations, an assisted living or a residential care setting may be a better option for the individual. Caring for a loved one in a facility Whether your loved one lives in an assisted living or a residential care facility, it is important to maintain ongoing communication with the care staff and friends who visit regularly. * Work with the managing nurse and physician. Agree on a time when you can call to get updates on the person's condition and progress. * Call family, friends, or other visitors and ask for their observations. * When you visit, meet with the staff members who have primary responsibility for your loved one's care. Resolving family conflicts Caregiving issues can often ignite or magnify family conflicts, especially when people cope differently with caregiving responsibilities. ...read more.

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This means that a social worker will visit you at home and decide what help your disabled child or adult needs. At the same time, you should ask for a Carers Assessment. This means that you will be able to say how much help you feel you need. The two assessments will be taken together and Social Services will write a Care Plan which gives details of the services they will provide. You should be given a copy of this. If it is not offered to you, please ask for your copy. Following this, Social Services will make a Financial Assessment, which means that they will look at the savings and income of the disabled person, to see how much they can reasonably contribute towards the cost of services. In the case of children under 16, parents may be assessed. You can apply for your first Assessment and Carers Assessment at any time, and you can apply for new assessments to be made if you feel that things have changed and more help is needed. Social Services should look at the Care Plan regularly, to take account of changes in the illness or disability, or in the family situation. This is called a REVIEW, and should be done at least once a year. How To Arrange An Assessment The social workers who make the Assessments come from different offices. Where they come from depends on where you live, the age of the person you look after, and what kind of illness or disability they have. To find out which office you need to call, ring the Social Services Information Line on: 0808 808 7777. Tell them that you want to arrange Assessments, and ask them which office you need to contact. Next, call the number you have been given and ask to speak to the Duty Social Worker. Tell them that you want to arrange an appointment for a social worker to make an Assessment for the person you look after, and a Carers Assessment for yourself. ...read more.

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