Due to continued visiting restrictions because of COVID-19, many loved ones of those with dementia are left with limited options to spend time together. One option to connect is through a phone call or video chat.
As memory declines, an individual with a memory impairment may ask repetitive questions as they may not be able to remember simple facts about their life that previously were common knowledge.
As Alzheimer's Disease progresses to the end stage, hospice care may become appropriate. Hospice offers many benefits to both the individual needing care and their family members by providing both medical care and support for emotional and spiritual needs.
Contributed by: Cassie Caple, LLMSW Contract Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Coordinator of the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition
As a caregiver, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. However, it is important to stay healthy and practice good self-care habits since caregiving can be draining on your mental and physical well-being.
People with dementia are facing multiple risks right now when it comes to COVID-19 and the physical isolation that everyone is experiencing. Not only are they in the high-risk group when it comes to suffering caused by the virus, they are also more likely to experience worsening physical and emotional health as a result of being isolated. Self-isolation and social distancing has changed the lives of many people with dementia.
Home-bound older adults or those with limited support from family or friends may struggle with loneliness. However, there are many services in the West Michigan area that provide companionship and social connections.
Friendship and social interaction are an important aspect in every human being’s life, no matter the age. Dementia can be very socially isolating, so it is especially important to maintain a support system to prevent loneliness.
Are any visitors for people with dementia allowed in hospitals or residential care facilities?