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Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease is a tremendous challenge, but many families will choose home care in order to keep their loved one in order to provide them with a comfortable and familiar living space. This kind of care is all-encompassing and requires many lifestyle changes in many areas: grooming and hygiene, home safety, and daily activities. It's also a form of care that requires adapting to new situations and conditions, and we've put together a list of products that are useful to have on hand in order to respond to your loved one's needs and ensure their safety.
One of the most common concerns and dangers for Alzheimer's patients is wandering, which can cause confusion, getting lost, exposure to elements, and falls or other accidents. As a caregiver, you'll need to know how to limit wandering, and that includes when you may be asleep or otherwise indisposed. The Skil-Care Door and Window Alarm (5-Pack) is a security device used to keep individuals safe while at home or in a facility. This safety product comes in a 5-pack, enabling alarms to be scattered throughout the house for extra production of your loved ones. This security alarm is perfect for doors and windows, with a function that resets the alarm when the door or window is closed. It's also ideal for supply closets, medicine, cabinets, and entrances to other off-limits areas.
Also Available: Econo Alarm Patient Alarm for Wheelchairs and Recliners
Wandering occurs in 60% of patients with dementia. It's important to assess your home for wandering dangers when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's; this may mean installing additional locks, doorknob covers, or alarm sensors. It may also mean providing visual signals to your loved one that will prevent their using a doorway. This Doorway Stop Strip has a large, red "STOP" sign, which will act as a deterrent for loved ones. It's easy to install on any doorway, so you can give your loved ones a strong visual reminder of their environment and keep them safe at the same time.
Assisting an Alzheimer's patient with bathing is a difficult task, particularly if they're confused, frail, or unsteady. Having safety bars and a well-affixed bath mat can be a great help, but a sturdy shower chair is one of the safest choices you can make. Carex's Bath and Shower Chair Seat has an adjustable height and a backrest for comfort and stability, as well as a contoured seat with hand grips for your loved one to steady themselves when sitting or standing. Its rust-resistant aluminum frame can hold up to 350 pounds and stands on slip-resistant rubber tips for maximum stability. For durability, comfort, and cleanliness in bathing Alzheimer's patients, this Carex Bath and Shower Chair Seat is the perfect option to assist you and your loved one.
Helping maintain the hygiene of an Alzheimer's patient can be difficult, especially when they're infirm or unsteady. Bathing can be a difficult task, and incontinence can be common. Incontinence carries with it many complications, from dry, irritated skin to rashes to infection, and frequent cleaning following incontinent episodes can contribute to skin irritation. Baza Cleanse and Protect is an all-in-one lotion in an foaming, no-rinse format, packaged in a squeezable spray bottle for convenient application. Its 2% dimethicone formula moisturizes skin while providing a barrier to protect it from drying out. It's pH-balanced to be non-irritating, and it has both antimicrobial and deodorizing properties to allow caregivers to clean patients efficiently and completely. It's not always possible to bathe an incontinent patient in a bath or shower; when it's not, rely on Baza Cleanse and Protect.
Dementia impacts more than just memory. Coordination and balance can also be disrupted by the impact of Alzheimer's disease. This may harm even the most basic activities we take for granted, such as reaching for items. Your loved one may have a limited range of motion, or balance impairments that can cause falls when reaching in formerly accessible places like closets or kitchen cabinets. A variety of reaching devices are available to assist with daily living, such as this Hand Held Reacher with Wide Jaw & Magnetic Tip. Lightweight and ergonomically designed, its trigger-style handgrips are easy for patients to use, and its magnetic tip allow for securely grabbing out-of-reach items.
Living with Alzheimer's Disease can be difficult for both patient and caretaker, but the right assistive devices and daily living aids can help. Mountainside Medical Equipment has a full range of assistive devices, including mobility aids, pill organizers, and more. Click this link to visit our Alzheimer's Disease care products, and click this link to visit our daily living aids.