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Dementia Care in Oklahoma City: Tips from the Pros

provider of dementia care in Oklahoma City sitting with elderly patient

It is estimated there are over 47 million people worldwide who are living with dementia, per the World Health Organization. The pressure on family caregivers to keep their loved ones safe at home can be exhausting. Caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's is challenging because of the evolving nature of the disorders. Adults who are living with dementia are often prone to mood swings and changes in personality. Visiting Angels® Oklahoma City OK is an experienced provider of dementia care services. We work with families throughout Reno, Yukon, and the surrounding communities to keep their loved ones safe at home. The dementia care providers from Visiting Angels Oklahoma City can provide monitoring and compassionate support for seniors with dementia and their loved ones.

Communicating with Your Loved One

Communicating with a loved one who has dementia is often difficult. Knowing the best ways to communicate with your loved one can make dementia care less stressful. Visiting Angels Oklahoma City believes effective communication can also help you handle challenging situations with your loved one. 

Some tips from the dementia care professionals at Visiting Angels Oklahoma City include:

  • Identify yourself by name and relation to your loved one
  • Distract and redirect if your family member becomes irritated
  • Use humor to share a laugh with your loved one
  • Remove distractions such as television or radio
  • Keep questions simple with yes or no answers
  • Focus on your loved one's feelings and give reassurance
  • Use your loved one's name to get their attention
  • Break down activities to a series of simple steps
  • Talk about memories or events from the past

Wandering Prevention and Safety

One of the top concerns we often hear from families regarding their loved ones is how to keep them safe and prevent wandering. Visiting Angels Oklahoma City offers the following dementia care tips to help prevent wandering and keep your loved one safe:

  • Give neighbors a heads up in regards to wandering
  • Get your loved one a watch with GPS tracking ability
  • Provide regular exercise to help avoid restlessness
  • Sew ID labels with contact info into your loved one's clothing
  • Try a barrier such as a stop sign or sheet over the door
  • Keep your loved one's coat, keys, and wallet put away
  • Put plastic child safety locks on the door knobs
  • Consider a home monitoring or alarm system

If you have a family member in need of dementia care at home, call Visiting Angels Oklahoma City today.

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