During the later stage of Alzheimer’s disease, your parent is going to encounter issues and challenges that they did not during the earlier stages or a worsening of previous symptoms. Knowing what to expect and how to handle these issues can help to make your transition through this final and particularly challenging phase of the disease easier and more comfortable for both of you, and prevent potentially serious complications that could threaten their health, safety, and well-being.
One such issue is skin health. Because seniors in this stage of the disease are often bed-ridden or experience very low mobility, their skin is more vulnerable to problems such as breakdown, sores, and infections. Keeping their skin healthy and safe can make them more comfortable and prevent potentially devastating consequences.
Use these tips to help you keep your senior’s skin healthy and safe during the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease:
-Encourage your parent to change positions regularly as they are sitting or lying down. You might need to provide physical assistance with these moves or have an elder care provider who can help your parent shift so that their weight is redistributed regularly
-Providing cushioning and support to boney areas such as their elbows and hips
-Clean the skin regularly. Even if they do not have full baths or showers frequently, you can help keep their skin clean with sponge baths and spot cleaning
-Dry their skin thoroughly after any cleansing
-Apply moisturizer regularly to prevent their skin from drying out and becoming itchy or easily torn
-If you need to lift your parent, make sure that you are doing so safely as to prevent tearing or bruising of their skin. Assistance from an elder care provider can help with this.
How can home care services help?
Starting elder care for your parent can be an exceptional way for you to ensure that your senior is getting everything that they need to maintain their quality of life as they age in place. The highly personalized services of an elderly home care services provider are tailored to your parent as an individual. This means that they will specifically address your parent’s challenges, needs, and limitations while encouraging them to live a lifestyle that is as active, independent, and fulfilling as possible as they age in place.
These services can include anything from safe and reliable transportation that allows your parent to go where they want and need to when they want and need to rather than waiting for you to assist in fulfilling activities of daily living to companionship to boost mental and emotional health. As their family caregiver, this can give you peace of mind and reassurance that your senior is in good hands even when you are not able to be with them.