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Why Do Home Care Plans Incorporate Different Activities for Alzheimer's Patients? | Fedelta Home Care, Seattle WA
September 10, 2019
Why Do Home Care Plans Incorporate Different Activities for Alzheimer's Patients?
Global trends in the developed and developing world indicate that the population of seniors is ever increasing. As their populace increases so do health challenges related to old age and related geriatric disease management. In fact, surveys indicate that an estimated 80% of seniors are under treatment for one chronic disease, while 68% are under treatment for two or more chronic diseases.
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease home care
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the common chronic conditions that affect the elderly. Fedelta Home Care provides a comprehensive Alzheimer's home care plan for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Part of this home care for Alzheimer’s patients often incorporates a regimen of regular activities.
Like other forms of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease causes the withdrawal of seniors from their normal day-to-day activities. The patients may also withdraw from relatives and friends. It’s imperative to maintain the seniors’ interests in their past normal activities so as to improve their interpersonal relationships and reduce the impact of memory impairment. Engaging senior Alzheimer’s patients in activities that they enjoy can grant them pleasure and meaning to their lives. As such, Fedelta incorporates various activities in its Alzheimer's home care plan so as to improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients.
Unfortunately, patients with Alzheimer’s disease often have trouble when making decisions on what to do each day. This often makes them worried, quiet, fearful, and withdrawn. Even when such patients decide to engage in any activity, they may find it hard to begin the task. This is where Fedelta Home Care caregivers come in. The caregivers serve the purpose of planning such activities, and they help the patient to undertake them.
But how are the Alzheimer's home care activities plan structured?
Ideally, activities meant for elderly patients with Alzheimer’s disease should be structured in a manner that:
- Helps improve self-esteem
- Compensates for lost abilities
- Provides a chance for the patient to have some social interaction, fun, pleasure, and enjoyment
- Helps maintain dexterity and residual skills (not to teach new skills)
- Is sensitive to the patient’s cultural background.
How then do you plan activities for elderly patients with Alzheimer’s disease?
Firstly, you have to understand the patient and their past activity engagements either as hobbies, sports, and/or work. Knowing a patient’s former life will help you understand what they were particularly passionate about. Therefore, Fedelta caregivers often check a patient’s past lifestyle, hobbies, work history, and social and recreational interests in order to determine what kind of activities to design for them.
After determining suitable activities, the Alzheimer's home care planners select the ideal time for the patients to engage in these activities. They also choose whom to engage in the sessions so as to create social contact that will encourage the patient to engage in the activities. Finally, a clear plan is made on how to make this engagement a regular regimen.
How do these home care activities benefit patients with Alzheimer’s disease?
- The activities that patients engage in can help in re-establishing old roles such as gardening, sweeping, watering, and washing up among others. In essence, the activities try to return the patient to their normal past life active engagements.
- The activities may also give pleasure and relaxation. This is typical of activities such as playing music and dancing.
- The activities chosen may also be useful in managing or controlling challenging behaviors. Understanding an activity that can help calm or divert a patient’s attention from an activity or engagement that is undesirable can be very helpful to a patient with Alzheimer’s disease.
What examples of activities are suitable for elderly patients with Alzheimer’s disease?
Ideally, activities designed for elderly patients with Alzheimer’s disease should not be too rigorous, complex, strenuous, or over-engaging. The perfect activities may include:
- Playing music
- Watching family videos and looking through family photos and some books
- Cleaning and organizing the house
- Doing arts and crafts among others.
If you have Alzheimer’s disease or a friend or relative with the same condition, consider visiting Fedelta Home Care to get detailed information on how to get top-notch Alzheimer’s home care services.