Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or dementia can be devastating, especially when you or your loved one have made the decision to age in place. Will you still be able to remain in your own home? Will you need additional or specialized care? Answering these questions as soon as possible after the diagnosis is given can ease your mind – and help you understand the impact of these conditions on care, moving forward.
Can Dementia Patients Age in Place?
As long as a person who is diagnosed with dementia or a related condition has a caregiver or someone who makes regular visits to their home to check-in or provide care, they will likely be able to remain in their own home for a long time. Only in the latest stages of dementia should a person who lives alone be moved to a more intensive care environment, since they may no longer be able to meet their own basic needs at that point.
Tips for Changing Your Care Approach
Are you providing care to a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s? Consider the following pointers for less stress and more success:
- Create a routine and stick to it. Patients with dementia respond best to predictable routines – and it will help you remember what needs to be done, as well.
- Simplify your speech and shorten your sentences, but do not speak to your loved one like a child.
- Provide help with daily tasks when asked and ensure your loved one knows help is available if needed, but do not insist. Remember, dignity is important.
- Seek professional help if you need more assistance to care for your loved one than you can provide.
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