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5 Environmental Triggers for Dementia

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If your loved one has dementia, certain triggers can agitate or irritate him or her. These triggers many not seem significant, but sometimes they can greatly affect your loved one. Woodbridge in-home care experts suggest controlling the following environmental factors, may help calm down your loved one.

1. Environmental Hallucinations

Seniors with dementia often see things in their environment that are not actually there. Your loved one may become so scared of certain things, such as photos, mirrors, or dark spaces, that he or she may call the police. There are several things you can try to help your loved one. Try to distract him or her or encourage him or her to move to another area in the house. Find out exactly what your loved one thinks he or she is seeing or hearing, and always remain calm and supportive.

2. Noise

Noise is a major trigger for many seniors with dementia. Your loved one may become hypersensitive to any sound, or he or she may hear a sound totally different from the actual sound. For example, while watching a show on television, he or she may hear a dentist’s drill. Seniors who become hypersensitive to noise may be bothered by little noises. Therefore, it may be best to limit the number of visitors to the house. Try to use noisy appliances away from your loved one or use them when he or she is asleep. Many seniors respond well to headphones and a quiet CD.

3. Help While Bathing

Your loved one may need help in the bathroom, but having a caregiver there could cause him or her to become agitated. While having a caregiver present in the bathroom is a necessary invasion of privacy, there are several things you can do to make bath time more comfortable. Gather all necessary supplies ahead of time, and create an environment conducive to bathing by carefully controlling the temperature. Your loved one may respond well when he or she has a regular bathing schedule and knows when it is time to bathe. Consider hiring hourly or 24-hour care Woodbridge families can trust to help with tasks such as bathing and grooming.  

4. Disorganized Spaces

One of the first clues a senior might have dementia is when he or she starts losing things. A disorganized space may trigger symptoms of dementia. Setting up special places around the house for specific items can help keep things organized and help your loved one stay calm.

5. Room Temperature

Many seniors become more irritable when they feel too hot or too cold. Think of ways to help your loved one control room temperature, but also keep in mind everyone else’s needs.

If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, controlling these environmental factors may help him or her feel calmer and more peaceful. For more information on managing dementia symptoms, call Home Care Assistance, a trusted name in elder care. Our caregivers are trained to provide the comprehensive Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care Woodbridge seniors need to age comfortably in the familiar surroundings of their homes. To learn more about our specialized services, call (203) 955-1915 and speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager.