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5 Environmental Factors That Trigger Confusion with Dementia

If your senior loved one receives dementia or Alzheimer’s home care in Columbus, OH, then this can be a really scary time for you. While there is little that you can do to slow down the disease, it’s important to know there are some environmental triggers that can increase confusion or aggression.

1. Light

Seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s usually do better in well-lit environments. Walk through the senior’s home and look for areas where shadows form at different times through the day. When dementia caregivers add lights in these areas, it can help prevent hallucinations.

2. Noise

The noise level in the home must be carefully controlled in order to prevent people with dementia and Alzheimer’s from lashing out. Installing doors between rooms often allows noise to be cut off. Ask family and friends to help you by controlling the number of people who come to the house at one time. Consider creating a room with the latest in soundproof technology to manage the volume for your loved one.

3. Invasion of Privacy

The senior is likely to become more dependent on their at-home caregivers as the disease progresses. The bathroom often becomes a battleground. Therefore, take steps to give the person as much privacy in the bathroom as possible. Install handheld shower nozzles as they make it easier to control where the water goes. Often in the beginning, giving calm verbal commands may be enough to help the person in showering.

4. Clutter and Lack of Organization

Losing things seems to be a constant battle with many seniors who have dementia and Alzheimer’s. Create copies of anything that is important including keys. At the same time, create an area where the person can still participate in their favorite hobbies. Additionally, it helps when seniors have a custom care schedule to adhere to maintain order throughout the day.

5. Temperature

Seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia often get agitated because they are too hot or too cold, and they sometimes cannot communicate their comfort level. Space heaters and personal fans can help control the temperature of your senior’s environment while letting everyone else stay comfortable.

Controlling the environment is a great place to start caring for your senior loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. While it will not solve all the problems, it will certainly help. For more help, contact Home Care Assistance of Columbus, Ohio, at (614) 481-8888 today. Our premier at-home care enables seniors with cognitive disorders to age in place while maintaining dignity. Let us customize a unique care plan when you call today.