Those with Alzheimer’s or dementia often have physical and mental difficulties that can prevent them from telling us precisely how they feel, or if they’re having issues. That’s why caregivers and loved ones need to be able to assess their quality of life accurately and determine if there’s something they need that they’re unable to communicate.
As one of the leaders in Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Maryland, the team from A Homemade Plan wanted to offer some ways to assess the quality of life of our aging loved ones.
Factors to Consider When Assessing Quality of Life
There are a number of important factors to consider when it comes to Alzheimer’s and dementia care and assessing the quality of life of patients, friends, or family members including:
- Their Environment at Home: Those with dementia or Alzheimer’s can have a particularly difficult time living in a chaotic household, especially where there are frequent changes. It can be disorienting. That’s why ensuring they have a safe and stable home environment is key.
- Physical & Mental Health: As mentioned above, sometimes it can be hard for patients to communicate their needs to family members or care providers. But there are some signs to look for, such as increased confusion, or signs of pain, stress, or fear.
- Keeping Occupied: One of the best ways to help a patient with Alzheimer’s or dementia live their best life is to keep them occupied. When assessing their quality of life, it’s important to ensure they have a steady routine in addition to as many social opportunities as possible.
- Maintain Socialization Skills: Even if dementia or Alzheimer’s patients don’t have a great short or long-term memory, it’s still important for them to continue socializing and carrying out a conversation. Often, they can reminisce and tell stories that can make them have a better day.
Contact us today for more about Alzheimer’s and dementia care!
To learn how you can create a personalized plan for your loved one with Alzheimer’s and dementia, contact A Homemade Plan online today or call (888) 610-2643.