DID YOU KNOW THAT ORDER HELPS PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER'S?
A house organized at the onset of Alzheimer's disease will help maintain spatial orientation capacity and avoid confusion.
THE BENEFITS OF AN ORDERLY HOME IN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
WHAT IS ALZHEIMER'S?
Alzheimer's disease essentially consists of the death of certain neurons in the cerebral cortex gradually and progressively over the ten years that the disease averages. Neuronal death of un definitely clarified cause is called neurodegeneration. That's why Alzheimer's disease is said to be a neurodegenerative disease.
Source: Clínica University of Navarra
HOW IS ALZHEIMER'S DETECTED?
On suspicion of the presence of the disease, confirmation is performed by evaluating patient behavior and cognitive tests.
In some cases, an analysis and brain imaging study is performed to rule out treatable causes of cognitive decline.
TREATMENT OF THE DISEASE
Currently there is no curative treatment for Alzheimer's, but it can try to slow its progression through pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods, in this case being very beneficial cognitive stipulation therapy.
In this sense the work at home of spatial, temporal and personal orientation will help to maintain the maximum level of functional and autonomy possible in the activities of daily life.
STRENGTHENING THE MIND
A clean, tidy home will reduce the stress and fatigue of a person with Alzheimer's, as well as provide greater clarity and independence.
WORK ON THE TEMPORAL ORIENTATION
It is advisable to have a seasonal calendar in which it is indicated in addition to the seasons, the day of the week, number, month and year so that the sick person can see it without having to ask.
Decoration of the surroundings
The decoration of the house according to the seasons of the year spring, summer, autumn and winter will also help your temporary orientation.
Numerous research concludes that patients with limited options, such as dressing, feel less stress, and homework becomes easier. If we organize the wardrobe with the clothes of each season we will be reinforcing the temporary orientation.
We will start with an in-depth cleaning of cabinets and the selection of the right clothes, discarding that clothing that is already useless or that over the years is not used.
Only clothes for each season will be stored in the closet. Choose washable clothing that is not necessary to iron and easy to put on and remove: velcro closures, closed polo shirts, slip-on shoes, heelless stockings ...
WORK SPATIAL ORIENTATION
An organized house, free of obstacles or objects that hinder the passage, as well as access to belongings in a logical and simple way, will allow movement with freedom and confidence.
Expanding seasonal calendar information
In the seasonal calendar we will be able to incorporate information about the city in which we live, direction, etc.
Products and stays labeled
Labeling products, cabinets and even the doors of different rooms with drawings will help make them easier to find.
Much attention should be paid to lighting, eliminating dark areas that cause mistrust and highlighting key areas, such as the bathroom where it is convenient to keep a lamp on at night.
Luminescent bands can also be placed pointing the way from the room to the sink. It is convenient to fasten the bedside table lamp for easy on and off without throwing it away.
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WORKING PERSONAL GUIDANCE
Keep photos and sentimental objects in sight.
Making albums or memoirs will help stimulate memory.
In this album we could include, first and last name, year and place of birth, school, friends, youth, partner, work, children, etc. This information should be accompanied by photographs to keep the memory of things and people.
The elaboration of a family tree also accompanied by photographs will help to exercise your memory.
• MOBILE PHONE
• GPS LOCATOR
• SOS BUTTON
• FALL ALARM
• MEDICATION REMINDER
• VOLTAGE METER AND PULSES
Keep in mind that it is better to organize and restructure the home environment in the early stages of Alzheimer's progression, gradually and avoiding abrupt transformations, rather than waiting until the person has adaptation problems.
Everything must always remain in the same place so as not to have to look for things, but only take them and thus avoid confusion.
- Support to the floor of carpets and plush.
- Check for electrical cables that drag on the ground and place them on high, covered paths.
- Install protectors on the plugs.
- Remove excess ornaments and furniture with protruding beaks or crystals and pad the protrusions.
- Have safe chairs that are easy to get up from, with arm rest, backrest and adequate height.
- Fixing non-slip stripes on the edge of stairs. It is advisable to put a barrier at the beginning and end of them to prevent the passage.
- Remove matches, lighters, firearms, car keys, toxic products (bleach, medicines ...), and medicine-free bathroom kit from your fingertips.
- Elimination of inner pins on the doors. The windows and exterior door must be equipped with a safety device that prevents them from opening without assistance.
- Remove small objects.
- Protect the radiators with a safety grille, making sure they are securely attached.
- Regulate the water heater to avoid possible burns.
- Ensure particularly dangerous places, such as balconies terraces and pool edges.
- Cover or remove mirrors so that the person does not panic with the "strange".
- Cabinets with locking safety systems to prevent access to food in the case of sick people who eat uncontrolled.
- Keep small appliances and sharp or sharp objects locked.
- Place on the legs of non-slip protective chairs.
- Install gas and fume detectors.
- Tablecloths and non-slip dishes.
- Kitchen utensils, glasses and hard plastic plates.
- Cups and cups with handles
- Anatomical cutlery with handles adapted for people with mobility difficulties.
- Minimize toilet objects.
- Non-slip floors.
- Replacing the bathtub with a shower tray by installing safety bars and a bathroom table or swivel seat.
- Odourless with lifts and built-in washing system.
- Handles on the sides of the toilet.
- Hollow sinks at the bottom to allow access to a wheelchair.
- Replacing the single-control faucet with unique taps of cold water and hot water.
- Sponges and combs with mango
- Replacing razors with electric razors
• ARTICULATED BED
• GERMAN ENGINE
• VISCO ELASTIC MATTRESS
• NATURAL BEE LAMINATE
• WIRED CONTROLLER
• DIFFERENT MEASURES
- Arrangement of the bed at an average height for easy incorporation.
Adjustable beds (articulated beds) facilitate postural changes and the work of a caregiver if necessary. It is also very useful for people with breathing problems, allowing its elevation.
- Firm mattress, which does not sink, anti-skirmish if you spend a lot of time asleep.
- Dim and continuous light at night so you don't get desoriented when you wake up.
- Light switch accessible from the bed.
- Clothes cabinets organized by stations and with clear signage of the drawers of underwear, handkerchiefs, T-shirts, pants door, etc.
- Shoes and garments in general with velcro.
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