Easy Ways to show someone with Alzheimer’s Respect and Dignity
Stop discussing the person with Alzheimer’s health, prognosis, or other issues in front of him as though he’s invisible–
- Though the person with Alzheimer’s may have issues with speech, you never know how much the Alzheimer’s patient may still understand. To have someone speak about him/her as though he wasn’t there can be demeaning.
- By the same token, don’t answer for them. Whether at a restaurant or the doctor’s office, if someone with Alzheimer’s is asked a question, allow them sufficient time to answer.
- During visits to his doctor, allow him to take part in the conversation if he is able. If not, he might still be included as a constant listener to the conversation.
Strive for patience when someone with Alzheimer’s behaves badly or becomes unruly, especially in a public place. Never see their behavior as a personal attack. As a caregiver, you must understand that occasionally they have no control over their own emotions.
- Remember when someone has Alzheimer’s, they have little control over their emotions or behavior at times. Their actions are often governed by the disease, they can’t be held accountable or scolded like an impertinent child.
- Remember when the person was healthy and vibrant, full of life, love and laughter--treat them like you would treat them if they were not diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Accept and protect their physical limitations.
- If the Alzheimer’s patient is incontinent, make sure they are prepared with means of protection, or consider their preference. They may prefer to stay home rather than take a lengthy excursions.
- Avoid large crowds with much talking and loud noises as this is distracting and upsetting to the person with Alzheimer’s.
You might also like to read “10 Requests from an Alzheimer’s Patient” —
An anonymous author created this outstanding list of recommendations from the Alzheimer’s Patient’s perspective
Modeling Person-Centered Care in PracticeThe 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory LossCaregiver’s Introduction to Dementia Stages: What You Need to KnowLoving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope while Coping with Stress and Grief