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Assisted Living At Home - Self-Care Is Important For ElderCare

Assisted Living At Home - Self-Care Is Important For ElderCare

Thank you for being a loyal reader. The last time, we discussed Sundowners Syndrome. One of the five things you could do to help your loved one who suffers from Sundowners Syndrome is to care for yourself. Today, we are discussing strategies for caring for yourself, so that your care recipient can THRIVE.

What are some strategies for self-care?

It may take some time to find the best way to care for yourself as you care for someone experiencing Sundowners. Here are a few strategies worth considering.

  • First, STAY CALM & MASTER YOUR EMOTIONS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Sundowners cause fear and anxiety. Do not argue with your loved one. Listen to their concerns and validate their feelings, all the while reassuring that they are is safe. Feeling heard will comfort and calm your loved one. They will lean on you for comfort and reassurance. Also, emotions are attractors, so anxiety in you will trigger anxiety in your loved one. When your loved one thrives, your role as the caregiver becomes more gratifying than stressful.

  • Second, develop a LONG TERM CARE PLAN FOR YOUR LOVED ONE. Most of the stress associated with family caregiving comes from the lack of a caregiving plan. If you would like a copy of our free e-book on how to design a personalized long-term care plan for your loved one, contact Comfort Makers at 503-369-2460.

  • Third, MAKE RESPITE CARE A PRIORITY. Respite care provides short-term relief for primary caregivers. It can be arranged for just an afternoon or for several days or weeks. Care can be provided at home, in a healthcare facility, or at an adult day center. Caregiving can be taxing, both emotionally and physically. Respite care is a beautiful part of self-care. Respite care is an investment in the health of your loved one too.

Finding someone your loved one feels comfortable with, other than yourself, so you can take breaks, take naps during the day, spend time with friends and keep up on your own hobbies is part of your respite plan. Also, Comfort Makers provides respite care services.

When care is needed, there is a caregiver in need. It is my hope that when it is your turn to care, I can always be there for you and your loved one.

–Katie

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Assisted Living At Home - Sundowning Syndrome

Assisted Living At Home - Sundowning Syndrome

In the coming weeks, I want to discuss Sundowning Syndrome because more than 60% of adults who suffer from cognitive impairment experience a certain set of sundowning (neuropsychiatric) symptoms which makes caring for them even more challenging.

So, what is sundowners syndrome?

It is neuropsychiatric symptoms that affect many adults who suffer from late-stage Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. Symptoms of sundowners syndrome include confusion, disorientation, irritability, restlessness, agitation, suspicious feelings, and a demanding demeanor. There is no test available to diagnose sundowners. Diagnosis is based on appearance and frequency of symptoms.

Watch your loved one for symptoms, especially during the late afternoon. Record your findings and talk with a doctor about your concerns. There is also no cure for sundowners. Very often, the symptoms of sundowners syndrome usually intensify as the syndrome progresses. Symptoms can become more regular and severe and might include delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, fear, and anxiety.

Five ways to help mitigate Sundowning Syndrome symptoms

Although there is no cure for sundowners, there are five things that have been shown to help with the symptoms:

  1. PROVIDE A WELL-LIGHTED ENVIRONMENT. Adequate light can calm those suffering from sundowners and ease fears or confusion around their surroundings. Close window shades as evening approaches and turn on indoor lights.

  2. MANAGE PHYSICAL NEEDS. Ensure your loved one eats well and is well hydrated. Control their pain needs as directed by a doctor. Help your loved one get more sleep.

  3. PROVIDE A CALM AND PEACEFUL LIVING SPACE. Keep noise to a minimum, play relaxing music, or do an activity your loved one enjoys.

  4. MAINTAIN A DAILY SCHEDULE. This will help your loved one manage expectations of what is happening.

  5. CARE FOR YOURSELF FIRST. Caring for yourself reduces anxiety and promotes life balance. Emotions are attractors and when you are thriving your loved one will do the same. Next week, we will discuss strategies for caring for yourself.

My favorite thing to do as the owner of Comfort Makers is to help families to find customized, affordable, and life-enhancing caregiving solutions that can transform caregiving into a gratifying experience. If I can be of help, please contact our office.

–Katie
katie@comfort-makers.com | 503-369-2460

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Assisted Living At Home - Finding Money For Senior Care

Assisted Living At Home - Finding Money For Senior Care

Here is a TRUTH; if funding care were not an issue, most older adults would elect to remain in their homes. However, sometimes being at home is not the safest nor psychosocially healthiest option.
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