I want to take some time to write about a very important subject. Alzheimers disease. So many talk about Alzheimers awareness. I rarely hear about the safety and security of caring for an Alzheimers patient.
I was watching Maria Shrivers award winning 2009 documentary "The Alzheimers Project" and was inspired to write this blog. Since we provide security for people and businesses, I want to lend my "expertise" and hopefully shine a light on the subject of Safety and Security for Alzheimers patients.
This blog will include information taken from protocols and procedures that I have written (both proprietary and industry standards) and information provided by organizations such as:
- Alzheimers Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
- Alzheimers Associaion - Children of Aging Parents
- Alzheimers Foundation of America - Elder Locator
- Ageess Design - Family Caregiver Alliance
- American Red Cross - Well Spouse Association
- Alzheimers Statistics - U.S. Dept of Health and Human
- D.A.D. Protection Services
This blog will be written in a four part series:
1) An introduction to Alzheimers and Basic Safety Concerns.
2) Safety and Security for the Alzheimers Patient
3) Emergency Procedures for the Alzheimers Patient during a Crisis
It is said that approximately 36 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimers disease which results in costs of 605 billion dollars in care. Alzheimers causes the patients memory and critical thinking skills to be erased. There is no predictability to who will be inflicted by Alzheimers since it affects people of all racial, social and geographic backgrounds.
Alzheimers is an irreversible disease and is the leading cause of dementia. Alzhemeirs is a very challenging disease, not only for the patient, but for the caregiver as well. That is why knowledge, prevention and preparation is vital!
As Alzheimers progresses and the patient becomes increasingly unable to care for themselves, we have to be prepared for their unstable behavior and inability to function with day to day tasks.
Accidents can and will happen. The caregiver should always Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the best. One way to do this is to consistently check the safety of the patients environment. This will eliminate potential hazards.
This brings in the question if the patient needs 24 hour care or not.The following questions should be asked to see if a patient is unable to care for themselves:
1) Do they have the potential to wander and become confused?
2) Do they know how to use the telephone and what numbers to call for certain situations.
3) Does their mood change when left alone?
4) prepare meals by themselves?
These are important questions to ask when deciding if an Alzheimers patient can care for themselves. Caring for an Alzheimers patient is very challenging. In part 2 of this blog, I will discuss the Safety and Security for Alzheimers Patients and ways to prevent hazardous environments. See you next time!
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