If your loved one has Alzheimer’s and you are the caregiver, it can be worrisome and difficult to understand how to handle some of the different behavioral problems. The issues often stem from your loved one being unable to clearly communicate or express feelings through words. Knowing how to successfully handle the different situations can help improve the caregiving for both you and your loved one. Here are some suggestions and examples on how to best handle issues stemming from Alzheimer’s-related behaviors.
Identify the cause of the behavior or “trigger.” Questions to think about are:
What happened just before the behavior started?
Where did the behavior happen?
What happened right after the behavior?
React calmly and reassuringly.
Modify the environment or caregiving to reduce potential stressors that can create agitation and disorientation.
Causes of Challenging Behaviors:
Once the challenging behavior has passed, make sure to keep a record of the behavior, your own response, and note if you or anything else should do or be done differently next time. This will help make your caregiving more manageable and the living environment healthier for your loved one.
AAging Better's caregivers are well trained in caring for dementia-related behavior in our clients. If you need a break from caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimers, please call us for a free in-home assessment to talk about your needs and the needs of your loved one. We offer a variety of in-home care services that are well suited to fit your and your loved one’s needs. Contact us today to learn more about our Alzheimer’s and dementia care services.