When a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, you may notice that the smallest of changes in their routine can drastically affect their day. While this can be disheartening, it is possible to help them adjust when their environments change with a little knowledge. According to Winsome McLeod, Executive Director at YourLife™ of Stuart, a Memory Care community in Stuart, Florida, when it comes to changing environments, those with Alzheimer’s are more likely to exhibit signs of aggression or agitation. “When going somewhere new, take a note on how your loved one reacts. Do they become more nervous around new people and places? Do they tend to wander when they are in crowds? When they know they’re going to the doctor, do they tend to act out? These are all signs of potential adjustment issues,” says Winsome. “This can make this summer a little difficult, especially when it comes to cookouts, holiday parties and fireworks. Summer travel and vacation may even be impacted. In order for your loved one to have an enjoyable and enriching summer and seasons to come, it can help to find some ways to assist them with adjusting.”
Adjusting to Changing Environments: How to Help Your Loved One
To make your loved one more comfortable in an unsteady and changing environment, consider the following tips.
- Plan ahead. If you know there’s going to be an event that may cause your loved one some trouble, ensure you take some steps to ease their discomfort. Whether your loved one responds best to being prepared for the event by knowing about it, or they do better if they don’t know, having this information can greatly reduce the risks of negative behaviors.
- Create a safe space for them. If you know you’ll be holding a barbecue or entertaining a group of people, ensure there is a safe space for your loved one to retreat to. Adjust it to make it as comfortable as possible, complete with security items and comforting lighting. Make sure they know that this space is solely for them and that they are safe there.
- When in public, avoid crowds and large groups of people. If you know your loved one doesn't do well around groups, opt to go to town during less busy times of day, such as early in the morning or when people are at work and the kids are at school. Be sure to check and make sure of any senior days at museums and special concerts that are more private and intimate. Leading memory care communities may also offer special programs for those with memory loss to enjoy, where you won't have to worry about adjusting anything.
- Learn the best ways to adjust your own agitation. Helping your loved one through this may not be easy, but the reward is great. If you are finding you need some support and expert tips, consider joining a support group or getting in contact with memory care professionals that can provide the education you need.
Many memory care communities, such as YourLife™ of Stuart, try to make memory loss easier for families and their loved ones to handle. For more information on our community, to schedule a tour or to RSVP to a support group, contact our team today at 772-207-4191.
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YourLife™ of Stuart was created with one purpose – to provide the most exceptional Memory Care and uplifting lifestyle for our residents. As Memory Care specialists, we focus all our energy, attention and resources to creating a community that caters to each resident’s personal needs, respects their choices and honors individuality, while providing unequaled peace of mind and support for families. Because Memory Care is our sole focus, we have the unique ability to design and personally tailor plans around our residents. We see each resident as an individual, understanding that everyone has their own story, specific needs and retained abilities. With that information, we develop personally inspired care plans that value and support each person’s independence. Our team of attentive, caring YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide assistance with everyday activities, gentle reminders and redirection. Through our signature programming, YourStory, we create an individual experience centered around each resident. From cultural, educational and health and wellness programming, scheduled outings and other special events to personal care, assistance and multiple therapies, we create days with meaning. At YourLife™ of Stuart, our residents and families know that this is a community designed for you, with a lifestyle defined by you. Contact us to learn more! Call us at 772-207-4191 for more information or to schedule a personal visit today.