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DEMENTIA: HOW TO KEEP YOUR INDEPENDENCE AS YOU LIVE ALONE

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Do you have dementia but are living alone?

Here are some safety issues to consider in keeping your independence in shape for as long as possible:

  • SELF-CARE.

    By having dementia, your ability to think clearly and make wise decisions will be challenged. As the disease progresses and your abilities become more reduced, you’re at higher risks for accidents, falls, and other illnesses. You’ll lose your ability to complete even the most basic daily routine at home or perform your personal necessities on your own. Generally, having no one to assist you at home puts you in danger. It’s best to plan ahead on how you’ll get through your daily activities safely.

    TIPS:

    • Ask someone to help you with housekeeping and other chores like meal preparation, bathing, dressing or transportation.
    • Ask someone to handle your bills and other money concerns. You can ask your bank service provider about automatic bill pay.
    • For your medications, have a daily reminder and organize your pills in a designated box.
  • DRIVING.

    The many reasons why people with dementia can’t and shouldn’t drive are quite obvious. However, this doesn’t mean complete isolation at home, depriving you of going to places.

    TIPS:

    • Get used to the idea of not driving on your own anymore.
    • You can’t drive but you can ride shotgun. And that’s already close enough.
    • Arrange a transportation plan service.
    • Ask someone to give you a ride.
  • FALLS.

    Aside from mental deteriorations, one’s balance is also affected, leading to an increased risk of falling. Other changes that could affect your balance include:

    • Sensitivity to light
    • Becoming color blind
    • Lost visual and depth acuity
  • LONELINESS.

    Isolation and loneliness may be typical, but you have so many chances not to feel and experience them. Stay connected with your loved ones. Make spending time with them a part of your routine. Socialize with others and involve in community programs.

  • WANDERING.

    Increased perplexities and anxieties are common among people with dementia. You are more prone to go out, head to nowhere and get lost. With no one who can monitor you, you’re at great danger!

  • ASK FOR HELP.

    Knowing when to ask for help and admitting you need help are easier said than done. You want to maintain your independence and not to place your needs on anybody else’s hands. But soon enough, reality will tell you it’s time to ask for help. Talk this through with your loved ones. Tell them what’s bothering you or which tasks seem difficult to accomplish. When asking for help, it’s best to be specific.

  • HOME CARE SERVICES.

    People who are living alone become self-absorbed on their decisions of when they need care. This results to slimmer chances of seeing home care services as necessary programs to assess their health and care needs. Apex Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care, offering memory care services and Assisted Living Home Care in Houston Texas, can help in reducing those potential risks (as mentioned above) without curbing down on your independence. Ask us for more information! Call us at 713-933-7557.

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