Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Thursday, July 5, 2007

4th of July

This year Mike and I hosted the 4th of July cookout at our house. With so much to do in preparation, it was a blessing to have Sharon (the aide) come to work on the holiday. The aides are paid hourly, so if they don't work, they don't get paid. Sharon volunteered to work and we were more than happy to have her here. It was a win/win situation.
The cookout started at 1:00 p.m. so we asked Sharon to make sure Muddear was bathed, dressed, and ready to come downstairs at the same time as the rest of our guests. Muddear always complains about coming downstairs - everytime we try to bring her down she becomes anxious and panics. In addition, when she gets downstairs she usually fusses incessantly after about an hour and wants to return to her room.

Yesterday, it was wonderful to see Muddear become a part of the festivities and not remain holed up in her room while the fun raged on around her. I think Sharon made the difference. Having a familiar face around to cater specifically to her needs placed Muddear at ease. For hours Muddear listened and engaged in the conversation. It also gave me peace of mind - I could entertain guests and not worry about whether Muddear was having fun.

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