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By Carla James

Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a hard job. The person is changing into someone else. They no longer have control over things they think and it can be scary for everyone.

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease and currently there is no cure. Former United States President Ronald Regan is perhaps the most well-know Alzheimer’s sufferer. Through the strength and support of his wife and excellent care from caregivers, President Regan was able to lead a good life.

Every Alzheimer’s patient is entitled to spend their last years in a good environment, but sometimes the demands of caring for an Alzheimer’s patients forces many families to have to put their loved one in a nursing home or hospital.

Many times all a caregiver needs is some help and they can cope with the patient and be able to keep from having to send them away from familiar people and environments.

The following 5 tips for Alzheimer’s Care-Givers can help people better deal with caring for an Alzheimer’s patient. They will be able to make the days go more smoothly and enable the patient to live a better life.

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Being in familiar surroundings is important to someone suffering from Alzheimer’s, so being able to avoid sending them to a hospital or nursing home will do a world of good for them and for their loved ones.

1. Get Support.

Going at it alone is never recommended when caring for an Alzheimer patient. Alzheimer’s patients change dramatically from the person they once were and there are many things about the disease that can be scary. There are organizations and support groups around the country that a caregiver can join. There they will find others who are dealing with many of the same things that they are and it will help them to stop feeling like giving up. Knowing there is someone else going through what you are is always good to keep spirits up.

2. Have Understanding.

When caring for an Alzheimer’s patient it is important to understand what they are going through and how to deal with their behaviors. Communication can become quite difficult. To lose the ability to communicate can depress and frustrate an Alzheimer’s patient. To enable good communication a caregiver should :

- not talk to them like they are a child, but rather keep calm and speak clearly, with uncomplicated sentences and words.

- reduce background noise.

- use their names and others names.

- not interrupt.

It is also important to stay positive and try to keep familiar people and things around as this will comfort them that they can recognize or remember someone or something.

3. Develop a routine.

Keeping a routine or schedule will help the patient feel more comfortable. They will begin to know what to expect. If there is a change in the normal routine the patient should be made aware, so they do not get frustrated or scared. It is also important to allow for flexibility as the person needs may change often.

4. Look to the future.

When caring for an Alzheimer’s patient it is important to understand what lies ahead. Planning for future changes in their health is important. Knowing if you will be able to continue care is also important. Money is another concern that should be considered.

5. Keep safety in mind.

Alzheimer’s patients get confused and this often leads to accident. A caregiver should understand that door alarms and other safety measures may be needed if not now than later. The general environment that the patient lives in should also be safe. Anything that could cause injury should be avoided or fixed so that the patient does get injured. Things like cords, rugs and medicines lead to many injuries in Alzheimer’s patients.

These 5 tips will not solve all issues that come up with Alzheimer’s patients, but can lead to a safer, more peaceful world.

Caregivers are often times overwhelmed and following these tips can help them to get things in order and avoid those overwhelming feelings. Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is all about support. The more people that can help the better the situation for everyone.

About The Author: Carla James is a healthcare writer who helps people understand medical conditions and treatment options. She is a contributing author at MedicalNuggests. For more of her work go to: medicalnuggets.com