Alzheimer's Disease - Home Treatment
Most people who have
Alzheimer's disease are cared for at home by family members and friends. Taking
care of someone with the disease can be physically and emotionally
draining, but there are ways to make it easier.
Home treatment involves teamwork among health professionals and caregivers to create a safe and comfortable environment and to make tasks of daily living as easy as possible. Some people with early or mild Alzheimer's disease can be involved in planning for the future and organizing the home and daily tasks.
One of the keys to successful
home care is educating yourself. You can do a lot to make the most of the
person's remaining abilities, manage the problems that develop, and improve the
quality of his or her life as well as your own. Also remember that caregiving
can be a positive experience for you and the person you are caring for.
Tips for caregivers
Work with the team of health professionals to:
The team can also help you learn how to manage behavior problems. For example, you can learn ways to:
Caregivers should remember to
seek support from other family and friends. Groups
such as the Alzheimer's Association and the Dementia Advocacy and Support
Network can provide not only educational materials but also information on
support groups and services. For more
information, see the topic