“Home is where the heart is;” but what if the person you love has dementia and says, “I want to go home” when he or she is already home? Sadly, if you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, this discussion happens repeatedly and can cause anxiety for Alzheimer’s patients and their families. And the confusion and plaintive yearning being conveyed are nothing short of heartbreaking – and, if we’re frank, annoying.
At Atlanta Home Care Partners, our specially instructed Alzheimer’s and dementia care Atlanta staff helps families deal with challenging circumstances such as this, and we recommend trying the following to help you return peace to an anxious loved one with dementia:
- Rather than rationalize, validate. Reasoning or disagreeing with a person with Alzheimer’s can actually escalate agitation and unrest. Whether or not the older person is in the same exact home she’s resided in for the past 20 years, inside her mind, “home” might possibly symbolize the security she experienced in her childhood home with her mother and father. Her sentiments of loss are quite real, and ought to be recognized.
- Provide reassurance. Have a calm, comforting tone of voice and body language and take a seat next to the senior, providing solace with a hug, hand-holding, or maybe lightly touching the senior’s arm, if these actions are welcomed.
- After that, redirect. When you’ve supplied a calming presence and validated the senior’s feelings, redirection to a pleasant, enjoyable activity can be helpful. Taking a walk out of doors or in a different area of the house, listening to favorite music, or perusing picture albums are just a very few suggestions; take into account the particular person and incorporate what works best for her.
For additional tips on helping restore peace to a troubled senior with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, contact Atlanta Home Care Partners at (404) 228-0103. We are able to help keep seniors safe, enhance socialization, and provide them with chances to strengthen both mental and physical wellbeing through services such as:
- Patient, sensitive assistance with personal care tasks such as bathing and dressing
- Engaging in chats and reminiscing about the past
- Assisting in participating in physician-approved exercise programs and other activities
- Playing mind stimulation games with the senior
- Planning and making delicious meals
- Running errands including picking up groceries and prescriptions
- Providing transportation to health care appointments and other outings
- And so much more
Whether a couple of hours each week of respite care for primary family caregivers are necessary, or full-time, seamless, around-the-clock care is preferred, we’re on hand to partner with you to provide the very best quality dementia care in Atlanta and help relieve Alzheimer’s anxiety. Contact us at (404) 228-0103 to learn more about the best memory care facility in Atlanta or to arrange for a free in-home assessment.