Spring Cleaning Tips to Care for Your Loved One with Memory Loss
It’s that time of year again, time to clean out the junk drawers and organize for the new Spring season! However, assisting a loved one with spring cleaning, who suffers from memory loss, can sometimes cause confusion, anger, and in severe cases, rage. The fear and immediate anxiety they may feel once they realize an item has been displaced can negatively impact their overall cognitive health and progress.
By incorporating our tips below into this year’s spring-cleaning routine with your loved one, we can help you enjoy time with your loved one while supporting their wellbeing.
Create a photo collection of the items stored away
According to the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health, “some people really do not want their sentimental items stored, or if the items are not out, the person may think the items were stolen and will go through the house looking for them on a regular basis. Consider making a photo album of the stored items. Take photos of valuable items and put them in a book with a paragraph or sentence about the item underneath. This way the person can still see their items and know they are valued and cared for.”
Take it room by room
It’s important to not overwhelm your loved one by trying to tackle too much at one time. Cleaning one room of the house at a time can help calm their nerves, prevent frustration, and give their mind an opportunity to clearly process change. It’s also important to remember that everyone experiences memory loss differently. Some people may need more or less time, depending on the nature of their cognitive health.
Incorporate a daily routine into cleaning
Following a daily routine is good for adults living with memory loss, so if you can take a break in-between cleaning to complete part of their daily routine this can greatly benefit their overall wellbeing!
“Daily routines help reduce stress and anxiety because they help everyone involved to know what to expect. Persons with dementia thrive on familiarity. Familiarity is important because dementia gradually impairs a person’s ability to plan, initiate, and complete an activity. By creating an environment of familiar routines and activities, it allows them to feel comforted and calm. If they can still perform an activity, they can still retain their sense of control and independence. Furthermore, establishing a familiar pattern of events can help transfer the schedule of a daily routine into the long-term memory portion of the brain.” – Alzheimer’s Project
Types of memory loss can include Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Episodic memory, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). For memory loss resources please visit the National Institute of Aging and scroll down the page for an informational list filled with contact information and organizational names.
How our services can help
Team Select Home Care offers a Dementia Program for your loved one which includes customized dementia interventions like Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Skilled Nursing and more. For more information, please contact our office at a location nearest you at www.tshc.com.