Being a caregiver for an elderly family member with Alzheimer’s requires commitment and patience. There are various ways to make your job easier, including the use of Post-it notes. Here are some ways you can benefit from using sticky notes in Alzheimer’s care.
1. Help with Medications
It is important for your loved one to take medications as prescribed. You can use small Post-it notes to remind your loved one when to take his or her medications, as well as the prescriptions that should not be taken. Simply place the Post-it notes on the prescription bottles and write “Do Not Take Me.” The size of Post-it notes makes it easy to attach them to prescription bottles.
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2. Enhance Visual Stimulation
Of all the five senses, vision helps seniors acquire the most information. When light enters the eyes, it sends electrical impulses to the cortex of the brain. For seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, visual stimulation can involve colors. Using bright colored Post-it notes can trigger a memory for your loved one such as a favorite painting or an art class.
3. Summarize News and Current Events
Watching the news could be frightening for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease due to many reasons, including violence, neighborhood crime, and other negative reports. The anxiety from these types of news segments could cause insomnia, nightmares, and confusion. To prevent anxiety, you may need to summarize the news for your loved one by writing Post-it notes. By summarizing the news, you get to keep your loved one up to date with current events without causing him or her to become upset.
4. Assist with Instructions
If your loved one is trying to put together a puzzle, paint a picture, sign up for an online group, or perform other tasks that require instructions, Post-it notes can help. The instruction manuals that come with products are often too small for seniors to read, which can lead to confusion. However, if the instructions were bigger and easier to read, they could follow them with more ease.
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5. Stay Organized and on Schedule
There may be times when you need reminders to stay organized and on schedule, and Post-it notes can be helpful in these instances. You can place the Post-it notes on the refrigerator to remind yourself to buy certain foods for your loved one or on the closet as a reminder to pick up your loved one’s laundry. The notes make it easier to remember your daily tasks. If your loved one is able to do some daily tasks independently, the Post-it notes can also serve as reminders.
Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Vancouver, BC, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call us at (778) 279-3634 today.