Dementia Home Care
How to Prepare Before, During, and After
Tracy Cram Perkins
Dementia caregivers cope with repetitive questions, mood swings, lost personal space, and live with exhaustion, frustration, and anger. You may not know how to prepare.
Dementia Home Care covers:
- Life hacks like camouflaging doors to prevent wandering, or “mom” bags for life’s little emergencies and what to stock in it for road trips
- Distraction Techniques—Nursery Rhymes, warm blankets, food
- Hoarding—Thinning “collections” during sleep periods, removing trash completely from premises, canceling subscriptions, blocking shopping channels
- Information needed by emergency medical personnel—what is needed on a medication list, and list of physical ailments
- Working with your Pharmacist—drug interaction checks
- Memory Aids—memory boards, memory books, flash cards
- Powers of Attorney—Power of Attorney Health Care, Durable Power of Attorney
- Death—Contacting the Credit Bureaus to add a Death Watch when a family member dies, reporting a death to Social Security, obtaining death certificates
- Distinguishing the difference between a hallucination and delusion
- Address the empty nester experience after the loss of a loved one—to a nursing facility or to death
These are a few of the skills and tips covered in Dementia Home Care. While these tools will not stop dementia, they may ease your pain—and these skills can be taught to anyone. Whether you read from cover to cover or are a page-fanner, Dementia Home Care will help you maintain your humor and your emotional connection with your loved one longer.
The purpose of Dementia Home Care is to help you look back with pride and joy.