Location tracking devices are peace of mind in a watch, fob – and even a shoe insert – for families whose loved ones have dementia. Most personal tracking devices will transmit your loved one’s location and other information directly to your smartphone, tablet or computer via email or an app.
Before the pandemic, many people avoided visiting their loved ones with dementia, telling themselves, “Mom won’t even know who I am” or “Dad won’t remember I was there, so what’s the point?” In fact, a survey by the UK's Alzheimer's Society found that up to 42% of the public thought it was pointless to visit someone who no longer recognized them.
Does your loved one with dementia give you a hard time when it’s bath time? Do they resist help when choosing their outfits or dressing? Some people with memory loss are reluctant to accept assistance because these routines are intimate or because they resent their loss of independence. Others may find these tasks unpleasant or frightening.
As the country begins to reopen, it’s tempting for families to (finally!) take their loved ones with dementia out of self-isolation for visits to their favorite parks, restaurants, places of worship, and other areas that have been off-limits for months.
Facing a dementia diagnosis can be a turbulent rollercoaster ride of emotions that, understandably, not many families are eager to board. “We at YourLife know all too well how devastating a dementia diagnosis can be for families,” says Danielle Buck, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida. “But acknowledging and coming to terms with a diagnosis is vital to ensuring that the person with dementia receives proper care and emotional and physical support as their disease progresses.
Does your loved one’s mood take a nosedive, or do their behaviors become more challenging, as nightfall approaches? Do they often wake during the night, causing you to worry about their safety or lose much-needed sleep yourself? Did you know there’s a term for this neurological condition and specific tasks you can take to minimize its effects?