Practical Ways to Help Patients with Memory Loss Diseases
- 9 October, 2017
As of a 2016 report, 46.8 million people are diagnosed today with Alzheimer’s worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease symptoms include memory loss, mood swings, behavioral issues and language disorientation. Those with the disease are often instructed to stay around their homes as often as possible with a caretaker. As time goes on, some patients will move to assisted living homes.
According to multiple sources, there are many things that loved ones can do within the home of a patient that will extend their stay that relate to setting up a comfortable and familiar environment.
Here are a couple of those tips:
Strategic Placement. Be sure to take note of all items that the sufferer uses often. When organizing or cleaning up their home, be sure to put these items in places that are easily seen and quick to locate. Childhood items can be especially powerful to put in eye’s view because long-term memories tend to remain longer with the patient.
Back to Basics. Design the home so that patterns are solid and basic colors. When there is excess decoration or patterns, it can tend to confuse the Alzheimer’s sufferer. The simpler, the better.
Mark Steps. Coordination becomes a difficult thing for patients. If there are steps in the apartment, or long dark hallways, use bright tape or install dim lighting so that they can see where they are going. This helps to avoid falls and injuries.
Reflections. Patients of Alzheimer’s disease tend to feel confused as the disease progresses. There are a number of things that can cause this confusion such as mirrors, reflections in windows or even shiny floors. If possible, limit the number of mirrors in the home and invest in curtains. Whenever possible, cover shiny surfaces with rugs.