Posted on April 21, 2020
Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond With Coronavirus Safety Tips for Dementia Caregivers
While there are no studies that show people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, aka coronavirus, there are underlying reasons why this group may be more susceptible to becoming infected with the disease.
If you think about it, you realize how hard it is for you not to touch your face, or sometimes, you might forget to wash your hands after you come into the house. Now, if it’s hard for you to remember that all the time, think about someone suffering from dementia. This is why they may be more likely to catch this or any other virus – they may easily forget to take standard precautions.
With that in mind, Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond has these tips from the Alzheimer’s Association for caregivers to help dementia patients during this critical time.
Watch for Increased Confusion
Experts say that a rapid onset of increased confusion is an initial sign of illness in dementia patients. If you notice this, along with any traditional illness symptoms, contact their doctor immediately.
Provide Extra Safety Reminders
One way to remind dementia patients to wash their hands frequently is to place signs in the bathroom and in other areas, stating to wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds.
You can also announce whenever you are washing your hands (and why), and you can place hand sanitizer bottles around the living space – especially in areas where no sink is present.
Get Medicine Delivered
See if medication can be delivered or ordered in greater quantities in order to keep trips to the pharmacy to a minimum.
Come up With a Care Plan
If your loved one is used to going to adult day care or respite care, those options may no longer be available, so be sure to meet with your family and come up with a plan so that the needs of the dementia patient are met.
To learn more about Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond and all of the services they offer, visit http://www.millspondluxor.com/.