When a parent has Alzheimer’s, life is a challenge for everyone. Your parent is trapped with declining mental function and is powerless to stop it. There are five items sold in many stores that can ease some of your parent’s daily struggles.
The Alzheimer’s Clock.
Many clocks have large displays showing the year, month, and day of the week. These clocks also offer the time. If your mom or dad struggles with telling time on an analog clock, make sure the clock is a digital one. Knowing if it is morning, afternoon, evening, or late night also benefits a parent with Alzheimer’s.
Automatic Pill Dispenser.
An automatic pill dispenser stores 28 doses of up to 9 pills. It locks to keep your parent from opening it up. The dispenser releases the dose and beeps for as long as four hours. The audible beep cues your mom or dad to take his or her medications. When the drawer is slid open to access the pills, the beeping ends until the next time. There’s also a unit that links to a call center that will call with a medication reminder.
The current craze of Fidget Spinners can actually help a parent with Alzheimer’s. Some people with Alzheimer’s need to keep their hands busy. They’ll rub their hands until they’ve created sores. You don’t have to invest in a Fidget Spinner, but there are blankets, dolls, pillows, and other toys that have a variety of activities for people with dementia. These activities include tying laces, moving around beads, and loosening Velcro straps before starting all over.
Your mom or dad may struggle to remember phone numbers. Even with a list right near the phone, dialing the numbers may be challenging. With the Memory Phone, phone numbers are programmed to a button that has a photo on it. If your mom wants to call you, she simply finds your face and pushes that button.
Stove Shut Off.
Anyone who has a parent with Alzheimer’s worries about the stove getting left on. There are stove shut off devices that automatically turn off gas or electricity to a stove. The automatic shut off occurs when the sensor does not detect any motion near the stove for the five minutes. It can even turn the stove back on when it notices a person at the stove again.
Even with safety features and helpful tools in place, your mom or dad needs help. A home care agency makes sure a caregiver is with your mom when you can’t be. Call today to learn how home care helps seniors with Alzheimer’s.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care in Greenville, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116. Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.
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