At Home To Stay, we have discovered that caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease is in many ways like trying to put together a difficult puzzle. If you do not have all the pieces in place, it just does not work. There are many ways to look at this. When I refer to the pieces, it could be meant literally that you need activities such as puzzles, games and other things to keep the person with Alzheimer’s occupied and happy during the day, and this is certainly a part of what I am referring to.
The puzzle could also mean that you need to have the right home environment put together which includes things such as a support system with friends, family and professional caregivers such as home health aides and companions who have all received good dementia training, and a home which is properly set up to properly care for someone with dementia
Lastly, it could mean that you need a holistic program which includes a way to determine the persons level of dementia, has a daily schedule full of meaningful activities which match the person’s level of dementia, a tool to see if they are happy with the program which has been designed and a way to handle problems as they occur.
Putting all of these in place is how you put together your own unique Alzheimer’s puzzle. This is the first in a serious of articles whet we will discuss this.