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Empowering Families to Support Memory Care Patients at Home

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Understanding the needs of a loved one with memory loss isn’t easy, especially because each person battling memory-related conditions has a unique experience. However, you no longer need to feel powerless in this situation. The right actionable insights can guide you along this complex journey and help you improve the quality of life of your friend or family member with dementia.

Create a familiar, comforting environment

Creating a comforting, familiar environment for your loved ones with memory-related health conditions is essential to boosting their quality of life and helping them feel safe. Some strategies you can easily adopt include:

  • Establish regular routines, and use reminders or notes to make everyday activities easier.
  • Declutter spaces to help them keep their home safe and clean. 
  • Install good lighting to help with daily tasks and home navigation.
  • Use photos to help them remember the faces of their loved ones.
  • Implement nature at home – plants, flowers, even a small indoor fountain. Studies have shown that living near nature is linked to better mental and physical health among seniors. 

Implement a balanced, nutrient-rich diet

Nutrition is important, especially as your ageing loved ones begin to battle memory problems. According to a 2023 study, not only can balanced, nutritious diets help prevent dementia by lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, but well-crafted nutritional plans can also help slow the progression of memory-related disorders. 

Speak to a nutritionist to create a diet that is rich in brain-healthy foods like omega-3 fats, antioxidants and lean proteins. At the same time, limit the consumption of foods and drinks that are detrimental to brain health – in other words, encourage hydration while limiting the consumption of alcohol and caffeine.

Provide care and companionship 

If you are looking to boost the quality of life of a loved one with dementia, you should never underestimate the power of companionship. A 2020 study discovered that around 50% of seniors aged over 60 risk social isolation, while one-third may experience some degree of loneliness. 

Providing companionship to an ageing family member does not have to be cumbersome or steal from your daily routine. Plan activities such as walks, film sessions, or even coffee chats to provide joy and comfort to your loved ones. 

Encourage regular physical and mental activities

Physical and mental stimulation is an ally in maintaining cognitive health and slowing down the progression of diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Incorporating routine physical activities, like walking, dancing, tai-chi, and mind-engaging tasks like puzzles, reading or even painting can immensely benefit memory care patients. 

If you are struggling to find time to provide companionship and care to a loved one, or engage in activities with them, you can ensure a higher quality of life by relying on professional Alzheimer’s Care services. Specialists in these sectors will help take care of the physical and mental health of your loved ones, so you have the peace of mind that your friend or family member is in safe hands. 

Ensure home safety with the necessary modifications

Essential modifications can transform an ordinary home into a secure haven for a loved one with memory issues. Some strategies you can begin to implement today include:

  • Install grab bars in bathrooms.
  • Remove tripping hazards like loose rugs.
  • Lock up medication and cleaning products.
  • Install safety gates at the stairs.
  • Use safety knobs on stove burners.
  • Install sufficient lighting in dim areas.

Investing in safety devices, such as fall detection alert tools, can also provide an additional level of security, offering peace of mind for families and caregivers alike.

Involve in memory sharing and reminiscing activities

As memory-related conditions continue to progress, it is important to create anchors to help your loved ones stay in safe, familiar waters. These anchors can be photos, melodies, movies, or letters. Not only can revisiting these moments help you strengthen your bond with your loved ones, but it can also provide an invaluable opportunity to help them relieve joyful moments in their lives. After all, it’s the little things that ultimately make the most remarkable difference.

Tim Williamson, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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