Visiting loved ones with Alzheimer’s over the holidays is often a combination of joy and sadness. We are happy to see our loved ones, but also sad about the toll their condition has had on the person we know. Patients with Alzheimer’s might become very excited when receiving visitors over the holidays, so it’s important to maintain a safe environment when visiting. BRODA chairs are designed for comfort and safe patient handling, and can be a good match for patients with Alzheimer’s. Taking your loved one on a stroll in their wheelchair, while talking to them, is a great way to connect and maintain a safe environment. Here are some more tips for visiting loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia over the holidays:
- Make sure to familiarize everyone with the situation to minimize emotional stress
- Be prepared to adjust your expectations. Change is a normal part of this disease, so be prepared
- Involve your loved one by focusing on meaningful activities and encouraging them to help with simple tasks
- Maintain the normal routine. If possible, adapt your visiting schedule to your loved one’s regular schedule (with planned times for breaks)
While it can be stressful and sad to visit loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia, keeping your visit safe and engaging can make a great experience for all parties involved.