Do you know a friend or loved one suffering from dementia and/or remembering things? We all forget things from time to time, but with a memory loss disease or age, it may become part of an everyday routine. At Freedom Home Care, we have put together some tips to help with forgetfulness and better maintain independence.
Leading us off at number one is managing medication. Forgetting to take medication, or not remembering if you took it so you double up is the leading cause of why some patients end up going to the hospital.
Some ways to prevent this is using pill planners, getting medication pre-packed, and working with a loved one or caregiver to help stay organized. By doing so, it will help your memory in the long run and your overall health by taking the right amount of medication.
There are many pill reminder applications available to download on a smartphone, tablet, or even some televisions that might be a good idea to consider. Medication reminder apps are easy to set up and go a long way in giving an extra hand.
Remembering to turn off the gas/electric each time a meal is done is another tip for a friend or loved one to remember. If they still love to cook, have a friend or caregiver with them so they can help remember your loved one to turn off the stove when finished.
As a home care agency, we love a good ole checklist. Checklists are a great way to remind a friend or loved one remember what needs to be done. It also is a great way to make someone feel accomplished at the end of the day.
Last but not least, locate important documents and take copies so you do not forget them, and always have a backup. If your friend or loved one cannot remember where their important documents are, this is a great way to not risk them being lost or forgotten.
We hope these tips and tricks help you, a loved one, or a friend. Are you looking for a home care agency in Highland Park, IL? Visit us at Freedom Home Care today to learn more about the services we provide. You can see what our clients are saying at FHC Reviews, or browse our hours at FHC Hours. We look forward to serving you!