Visiting a friend or loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a beautiful experience, and a chance for friends, family, and loved ones to connect and bond. But a visit to someone’s home with Alzheimer’s, or another dementia-related illness, is not always the easiest to navigate. Often, those visiting are worried that they may not know what to say or do, while others, especially younger individuals, may have difficulty understanding the changes that occur with dementia-related illnesses.
But the good news for caregivers, and home health care associates alike, is that there are steps you can take to increase the chances of a successful in-home visit with someone with dementia, and below are some quality tips from Alzheimer’s.org.
1.) Prepare with a purpose
In preparing for a visit, it’s important to let your potential visitors know that the visit is purely social. This decreases the worry the visitor might have about whether or not they may have to assist in the caregiving, and whether or not they would be able to help to best of their ability.
Additionally, preparing your friends or loved ones for what they might expect, as far as behaviors or stressors, can help ease the anxiety of the unknown and help the potential visitor have a better understanding of what to do and say in their visit.
2.) Be available and adaptive
For home health care workers and caregivers, particularly, it’s important to remain accessible to the visitors and be open and honest with any questions they have; as an open and honest discussion can lead to better communication and a better chance of a quality visit.
Additionally, be adaptive to your friend or loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia’s needs and wants. While it’s important to both visitor and host to have a clear purpose of the visit, be mindful of how the situation is going and be open to change if your friend or loved one feels stressed or agitated.
3.) Patience is visitor’s virtue
Finally, when visiting a friend or loved one with dementia, be sure to remind the visitor that their host may ask questions repeatedly, or seem restless and fidgety, and remind the visitor that it’s important for them to remain calm and patient during conversation.
As always, if you want to learn more about this topic, feel free to contact one of our certified Care Advisors at 317-581-1100. They’re always happy to help.
The content offered in this blog is intended solely for informational purposes, and is not intended to be medical advice.