For children, going to visit grandparents can be an exciting experience. Grandparents are lenient, fun, and easy to get along with. When seniors are living with Alzheimer’s, these visits can entail a number of unpleasant surprises. Fortunately, kids are far more resilient and understanding than they’re often given credit for. Following are several strategies parents and caregivers can use to ensure these visits are both positive and stress-free for all involved.
Keep Visits Regular
It’s best to have children see their grandparents at regular intervals rather than waiting several months before scheduling a visit. Alzheimer’s progresses at its own pace, and too much time between face-to-face meetings could leave kids feeling a bit shell-shocked. Marked changes in an aging adult’s physique, posture, and behaviors are easier to adapt to when confronted on a gradual basis and in small increments. Keeping visits regular also gives younger children time to adapt to new behaviors before these become the norm.
Talk with the Primary Caregiver
Spend some time talking with the primary caregiver, whether that’s a family member or a caregiver from an agency. Find out what changes in behavior can be expected and ask for suggestions on how you should encourage your child to respond to these things. Primary caregivers tend to have the best understanding of the different nuances and needs of the seniors they care for. They can also tell you the best time to visit, how long you should stay, and whether any actions, activities, or sounds are likely to cause agitation. As the disease progresses, helping caregivers keep seniors calm and content should always be the foremost concern during these visits.
There are many reasons seniors might need assistance at home. Some may require regular mental stimulation due to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, while others might only need part-time assistance with exercise and basic household tasks. Home Care Assistance is a leading elderly home care provider. Families rely on our expertly trained caregivers to help their senior loved ones maintain a high quality of life.
Encourage Kids to Ask Questions
In advance of your visit, talk to your child about Alzheimer’s and how it affects the brain and behaviors. There are countless resources on the web designed to help young children understand Alzheimer’s and adapt to changes that must occur in their relationships with their grandparents. Encourage your child to ask questions, and always be as honest as possible.
Get Kids Involved
Kids of all ages tend to feel best about these changes when they know they’re able to help. Bringing a pair of slippers or a glass of water to a grandparent can make a child feel helpful, involved, and appreciated. These efforts can also be comforting when aging adults have a difficult time recognizing or engaging with their loved ones.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Auburn Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.
Let Kids Find Their Own Comfort Zones
For small children, the behaviors that are common in seniors with Alzheimer’s may seem frightening. Let kids decide how comfortable they are interacting with their loved ones during these visits. They may prefer to sit on their grandparents’ laps or take part in other activities. As kids grow more familiar with this disease and its effects, they often warm up to their grandparents, even in the face of radical personality changes.
Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors to manage without assistance, and it can be just as challenging for families who don’t have experience in providing Alzheimer’s care. Auburn Home Care Assistance provides Alzheimer’s care seniors and their families can depend on. Our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method was designed to help seniors with Alzheimer’s and other memory-related conditions live happier and healthier lives. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your loved one, call us at (334) 744-7100 today.