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Spring Cleaning Tips for Those with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Wellesley MA

Alzheimer's CareSpring is just around the corner and for those who are dealing with the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, they may be facing a number of struggles and challenges in life. Somebody who has recently been diagnosed with this form of dementia may still be able to partake in a number of activities, but no matter what stage a person is at, they should certainly focus on reducing clutter, cleaning up their house, and keeping things as organized as possible.

Spring is often one of the most popular times for people to thoroughly clean out their homes and get them ready for the warmer weather that is coming. Spring cleaning refers to many different things, and for somebody with Alzheimer’s, there can be a number of challenges that come along with this activity. Here are several tips that can make a difference for somebody with this form of dementia.

Spring Cleaning Tip #1: Go slowly.

A person who is dealing with dementia will have a more difficult time accepting change. It’s important not to completely change the layout of any room in the house, but it’s certainly a good idea to dust, remove as much clutter as possible, and make things easier to find.

Spring Cleaning Tip #2: Include the senior in the process.

Just because somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean they can’t take care of certain things for themselves. In fact, the more actively involved the senior is in a number of activities, the better it’s going to be for them over the long term aspect of this particular disease.

Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Focus on one room at a time.

It’s not necessary to wait until the weather is warm enough to open all the doors and the windows to begin spring cleaning. It is, however, important and necessary to focus on small tasks. This means working on one room at a time, on one section at a time, and make sure there is not going to be any issues for the elderly individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

If that person becomes agitated, seems confused, or has a difficult time following along with what is happening, it’s a good idea to stop and give the cleaning process a break.

Spring Cleaning Tip #4: Always get the senior’s approval.

Whether it’s about starting the cleaning process on any given day, throwing something out, or moving anything, if the senior doesn’t agree to what is being done or proposed, it shouldn’t be done. Family members and friends may believe they’re doing what’s best for their loved one, but the senior still has every right to determine the course of his or her care.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Wellesley, MA, or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at CARE Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.

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Erica Tomasello

Erica Tomasello, has a background in Education and Clinical Psychology. She has worked with her mother for years, developing Care Resolutions into a premiere agency. Erica, and in turn, the agency's staff, continue to expand their knowledge with the ever growing development of understanding the aging process and geriatric disease. We are a member with Home Care Association of America and NFIB. We are also affiliated with NASW, National Association of Professional and Executive Women, Alzheimer's Partnership, Alzheimer's Association of Mass, MA Council for Home Care Aides.