Maintaining the health, wellness, and safety of our residents is our number one priority. Due to the COVID-19 situation, effective immediately we are restricting visitors to our community. This is in cooperation with federal mandates regarding this situation. Letters regarding specific details are being sent to the responsible parties for our residents to provide them with more detailed information. In addition to restricting visits, our staff will be screened prior to the starting of their shifts and have been trained on the symptoms of COVID-19 as well as infection prevention techniques. This is a fluid situation and we will keep you informed as the situation changes. We appreciate your cooperation and patience. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Greetings once again from your Winder-area assisted living and Winder memory care community here at Gateway Gardens. Dementia changes lives and introduces new challenges seemingly on a daily basis. Dementia changes the way a person thinks and feels, and it changes the way a person makes even the smallest decision. Dementia has a major impact on how one lives, and can make many mundane activities surprisingly difficult. The same can be true for caregivers. If you are a caregiver for someone with dementia, just take it one day at a time.
Here are a few tips to make those daily tasks easier:
Sometimes a sensible schedule helps to minimize anxiety for a person with dementia. A schedule helps most people feel comfortable because there are certain things they can count on at certain times. You don’t have to schedule every little thing but learn what specific daily tasks are most important to schedule and try to do those tasks with your loved one at a time that works for them as well as for you. This could include bathing and other grooming activities as well as eating or going for walks.
A person with dementia may not be able to communicate with you the way they used to, but when you are spending time with your loved one, pay attention, offer them support, and patiently explain what you are doing and why. It will help eliminate anxiety for them and will also help you become a better caregiver.
Many caregivers make the mistake of depending too much on television or other distractions but people with dementia may benefit more from focusing their attention on you and the daily tasks you are doing together. Similarly, it might help to remove clutter from your house to make it a safer place for your loved one and to reduce the possibility of their getting anxious.
You have access to quality senior care communities like us here at Gateway Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care. Send questions into us anytime!
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