Alzheimer’s often presents major obstacles in communication. This is because of the decline in cognitive function. Oftentimes, these obstacles can cause family and friends to no longer be able to connect as effectively with loved ones. This, in turn, can lead to stress and sadness. However, there are ways to keep connected with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s.
Have the mindset of connecting: Make the decision to put aside your feelings about the condition while you are with the person. Just take in the moment for what it is. Oftentimes, our body language is colored by our internal monologue. If that monologue is negative, then our body language will reflect it, and the loved one will pick up on it.
Plan visits: If you arrive with nothing to say or do, then more than likely you will mostly be sitting in silence. Oftentimes, objects related to the person’s past, interests, or hobbies, can lift his or her spirits and facilitate conversations.
Embrace silence: While sitting in silence for the whole visit isn’t ideal, some silence is not bad. When it comes to talking, less can be more for people with Alzheimer’s. Not all silences have to be filled with conversation.
Keeping that connection with loved ones alive is important during such a critical stage of life. Try these tips if you are having trouble staying connected.
Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care
Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.
Tracy can be found giving engaging speeches & seminars throughout Vancouver where she is fast becoming the authority on elder care in the home. While Tracy’s best known for her expertise in home care, her clients and staff share that her biggest impact comes from her ability to connect with seniors at an individual level and advocate for their physical and mental health.
Proof of Care service ranges from Companion Care, through to Personal Care, and Nursing – everything from keeping you company and helping with light housekeeping, to administering medications and changing dressings on wounds. All of these services are available in-home, or wherever home is – such as assisted living or long-term care living.
If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care Services in Vancouver, BC, please contact the caring staff at Proof of Care today on 604 986 2273, 24 hours a day.