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Must-Have Products for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

By Dian Brannen, 8:00 am on

Alzheimer’s caregivers have a lot of their plate, from observing patient behavior to ensuring that their loved one’s home environment is as safe and secure as possible. To help ease the burden for family caregivers, there are products that can help keep Alzheimer’s patients safe and engaged, while also making life easier as the disease progresses. Here are some of the top picks, presented by trusted Lehigh Valley home care provider, Home Care Assistance.

Products for Home Safety

For patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, products like clearly labeled pill containers and child safety locks for doors can help patients stay safe at a time when caregivers aren’t likely to be needed around the clock. Additional home safety products to consider include:

  • Medical alert bracelets or necklaces
  • Door alarms and doorknob locks
  • Fall and wandering alarms
  • Bed rails and grab bars

Activity Aids

It’s important to keep patients with Alzheimer’s as engaged as possible. Problem solving and cognition cards, for example, can help patients keep their mind engaged and retain basic cognitive skills. Consider the following activity aids:

  • Magnetic boards (to maintain hand-eye coordination)
  • Color-coded therapy putty
  • Texture aprons (with different textures to keep a patient’s hands busy)
  • Photo albums (to improve mental awareness)

Hygiene Helpers

Hygiene can be a delicate topic for caregivers and patients. While someone with Alzheimer’s may need some help with such tasks, it’s understandable to want to retain as much dignity and privacy as possible. Consider the following hygiene helpers:

  • Elevated toilet seats with safety bars
  • Hair washers (to prevent excess arm strain)
  • Bath bench or shower chair

If personal care assistance is required to ensure safety for a senior, but he or she feels uncomfortable allowing a family member to assist, another option is in-home hourly care in the Lehigh Valley. Hourly caregivers can be scheduled on an as-needed basis for activities like bathing, dressing and grooming, which can ensure safety for the senior and peace of mind for his or her family.

Selecting the Right Products

Products should be based around a patient’s activities, abilities and interests. For instance, easy-grip pans can make cooking easier and safer. Stop signs can be placed around the house to prevent accidentally wandering outside. Even something like a picture phone with photos that can be pressed to automatically dial frequently called numbers, can help maintain a patient’s independence.

To learn more about caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s, reach out to Home Care Assistance of the Lehigh Valley today. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers provide professional Alzheimer’s care for seniors in the Lehigh Valley and are available on an hourly or live-in basis. To request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 484-350-3874 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.