Tips For Caregivers: Hallucination Among Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patients
posted on February 26, 2018
There is an abundance of literature on how to help Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia patients but what about how to help those who take care of them? How can loved ones and caregivers cope with behaviour altering hallucinations Alzheimer’s/dementia patients can have?
Marie Marley discusses this very questions in her article ‘How to Cope With Your Emotions When Your Loved One Has Hallucinations‘. Marie discusses her personal experience with having a loved one with Alzheimer’s and shares her research on the self-care options that are available. As a result of her research, Marie has put together the list below to help other caregivers cope more easily.
- Take a deep breath
- Sit down
- Relax (as much as possible)
- Remember the hallucination is caused by Alzheimer’s-related changes in the brain
- Don’t be angry with the person
- Don’t continue to suffer needlessly when the person is no longer upset
- Share your feelings (with…a good friend or relative)
- Consider seeing a therapist or your spiritual leader If you remain upset long after the hallucination has ended
- Join a support group
- Take a break. Ask a friend or family member to care for the person for a while
- Consider using respite or in-home care so you can rest your mind
- Knowledge is power – learn as much as you can about hallucinations
- Follow tips set forth by the Wonderlin article for helping the person
- Take the person to the doctor – the hallucinations could be being caused by a medical condition that can be treated
- Think Feeling Management – Unless they’re caused by an underlying curable medical problem, you’ll never be able to stop your loved one’s hallucinations
Behavioural Changes Without Hallucinations
There are many reasons Alzheimer’s patients display behavioural changes or mood swings. The most common of these are frustration and a feeling of helplessness.
The resource attached to this blog post is designed to help caregivers manage the behavioural changes their loved one may be experiencing.
Remember in order ta take care of your loved ones you first have to take care of yourself.
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