How Familiar Surroundings Comfort Seniors with Alzheimer’s

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Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be difficult for seniors, but remaining at home may slow the disease’s progression. Many seniors are able to live at home alone in the early stages of the disease. The familiar surroundings of home make seniors feel safe, comfortable, and more independent. Take a look at some of the reasons familiar surroundings are important for seniors with Alzheimer’s. 

Leads to a Calm Atmosphere

Seniors living with Alzheimer’s often experience mood shifts and behavioral challenges. These issues can occur due to the deterioration of brain cells, medications, and environmental influences. Continuing to live at home can help seniors with Alzheimer’s disease live more peacefully. For example, being in a nursing home, surrounded by strange people and things, could confuse your loved one, increasing his or her risk of becoming angry, agitated, and violent. However, being in familiar surroundings may calm your parent down and ease feelings of discomfort and confusion.

Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional home care seniors can trust and rely on.

Triggers Memories

The sounds of tea boiling in the kitchen or birds chirping outside the window may trigger memories for your loved one. The familiar surroundings could make it easier for your loved one to remember which room his or her favorite chair is in, where he or she keeps certain items, and so on. Even as your loved one’s cognitive abilities begin to decrease, there may be various objects and sounds in the home that trigger memories that help with daily activities such as housekeeping, bathing, and cooking. 

Enhances Sleeping Patterns

During the later stages of Alzheimer’s, seniors may have difficulty sleeping at night and going to sleep on time. The disease’s impact on the brain is the main cause of disrupted sleeping patterns. Other issues include being drowsy and agitated during the afternoon or evening. Sleeping in their own beds in familiar rooms can help seniors feel more relaxed. Fear is a common issue seniors with Alzheimer’s experience, but the familiar sounds and surroundings of home could prevent your loved one from feeling scared. By easing your loved one’s fears, he or she can develop better sleeping patterns, which reduces the risk of daytime napping and wakeful nights. 

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you need additional help, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Families looking for top-rated Altamonte Springs at-home care providers can reach out to Prestige Home Care Orlando. From respite care to specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care, there are many ways we can make life easier for seniors and their loved ones.

Reduces the Risk of Hallucinations

Staying in the current moment is difficult for seniors with Alzheimer’s. At times, they can see, hear, and feel things that aren’t there. These false perceptions are generally due to the inability to remember certain things and make sense of their surroundings. Living at home can help seniors prevent these hallucinations as well as wandering. They can look at the familiar objects and people and reminisce about the past, which can alleviate anxiety and enhance mood. As a result, they may experience fewer hallucinations.

Seniors with Alzheimer’s have much to gain when their families opt for professional Alzheimer’s care. Orlando families can rely on compassionate and dedicated caregivers to help their elderly loved ones manage the various challenges of Alzheimer’s disease so they can enjoy a higher quality of life. If you need professional home care for your aging loved one, our Care Managers are just a phone call away. Reach out to Prestige Home Care Orlando today at (407) 604-0504.

Author

  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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