Symptoms of memory loss are wide-ranging and anyone who is diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer’s is going to need to adapt their lifestyle at some point and get help from those around them to cope with daily life.

Patients with this condition are going to experience problems with things like remembering where they are and even how things work, and this confusion can be very troubling without making some changes to their immediate surroundings.

Here are some pointers on how to make a series of adaptions to a patient’s daily routine and what changes can help them to continue living as independently as possible under the circumstances.

Carry out an assessment

One of the fundamental priorities, when someone has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, is to carry out a needs assessment.

This will include getting a professional overview of what alterations need to be made to their home in order to reflect their memory loss issues and potential difficulties carrying out everyday household tasks and chores.

One of the options to consider is assisted living, and you can learn more here about how that might work for your loved one.

The majority of people with this condition tend to want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, which is why options like assisted living and making adaptions to their home are always worth exploring.

Combatting the symptoms of memory loss

You will find that there is a range of memory aids available that are designed to help patients remember important things like when to take their medication, which pills to take, and other scenarios that they would need assistance with.

Simple solutions like dosette boxes, which have a compartment for each day of the week, through to electronic and pre-programmed dispensers can make a big difference to the safety and daily life in general of a patient experiencing memory issues.

Daily tasks that many of us take for granted, such as washing and bathing, can also become extremely challenging for someone with Alzheimer’s.

Losing continence can very distressing, which is another sensitive issue that can often be addressed in their own home with a few incontinence aids like pads and waterproof mattresses, together with equipment like a commode or bedpan being provided.

Lighting and color around the home

Adapting to a patient’s needs in their own home or new surroundings will also be easier when you think about how to adopt an Alzheimer’s-friendly approach to the design of their living space.

Designs and patterns can be problematic for people who suffer from memory loss and they can suffer from issues with perception, making it hard to negotiate doorways or reach out for things, for instance.

Use a color scheme where there are contrasting colors for doors and door frames to make it easier to distinguish between the two. Also, aim to ensure that there is adequate lighting in all areas to avoid any potential confusion with uneven surfaces or obstacles.

Patterned carpets and shiny or reflective surfaces can also present a problem to someone with Alzheimer’s. Take a walk around the patient’s living space and make a note of all the things that might need changing or adapting to help them cope better with their surroundings.

Excessive noise can be distressing

Another aspect of living with a condition like Alzheimer’s is the fact that excess noise in the home can be more distressing than to someone with normal memory functions might realize.

If the property has a laminate or vinyl floor, the sound can be magnified to the patient, making them feel very uncomfortable.

Think about covering these surfaces with a plain carpet and try to take steps to reduce any sources of excessive noise within their home environment.

People who suffer from Alzheimer’s can suffer from dual sensory loss, which means that if their eyesight is affected by the condition, it can increase the risk that their hearing can also be affected.

Use labels and signs

Although it may seem obvious to many of us where everyday items are located in the house, people suffering from Alzheimer’s can experience great difficulty in locating these things or remembering where to find them.

This where the use of labels and signs around the house can help alleviate these problems and make things considerably easier for the patient.

Consider writing labels on cupboards and doors and even a picture of the item in question can be a big help in aiding the person to find what they are looking for.

When you do put these labels and pictures around the house it is worth noting that older people tend to look down rather than up, so position the visual clues lower down.

Another tip to consider would be to replace solid cupboard doors with see-through ones so that they can instantly see what’s inside.

Make it safe to enjoy outdoor space

Getting some fresh air and a change of scenery is beneficial to all of us and it can be therapeutic for a patient with Alzheimer’s to spend some time in their garden or any other suitable outdoor space.

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