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July 17, 2018

How Does Pairing Alzheimer’s Patients Together Help Them Thrive?

You’re looking into Alzheimer’s care for your mom or dad. One thing you find is that memory care communities have senior citizens with Alzheimer’s in the same room. You’re worried that this is a bad idea. Your parent hates the thought of sharing an apartment with a stranger. There’s no way it will work out.

For many seniors, it actually goes extremely well. Seniors gain companionship. Day and night there is someone there to talk to. Many seniors who struggle with sundowning like having someone there at night for security and comfort.

The other reason shared living situations works is because every Alzheimer’s patient is different. Where your mom or dad has strengths, it may be the roommate’s weakness and vice versa. Your mom or dad can still pour a glass of water, but the roommate can’t. Your parent can’t put away clothes, but the roommate can. It can end up being helpful when it comes to activities of daily living.

Other Ways to Help a Parent Thrive

Alzheimer’s can be a very isolating, frightening disease. Consult a memory care specialist as soon as you can. They’ll help guide you through the stages and keep track of the progression. The doctor may prescribe Alzheimer’s medications to help slow or ease the symptoms. Ask about Alzheimer’s support groups in the area. They give your mom or dad someone to socialize with, and you also gain a support circle.

Create a routine. Alzheimer’s patients do best when there is a routine to follow. Get your mom or dad up at a specific time. Make sure they bathe, dress, and eat by a set time. Keep the afternoon busy to prevent boredom or napping.

After dinner, play games or watch TV. When it’s bedtime, do medications, brush teeth, and get to bed at a reasonable hour. If you stick to a set routine and try to eliminate random naps, it can also help your mom or dad sleep through the night.

Companionship at Home Can Be Best

Moving your parent to a new location when Alzheimer’s is present can be extremely stressful. You may find it advantageous to let your mom or dad age in place with the help of home care services. Home care aides can bring your parent to senior centers or adult day programs for socialization. At home, caregivers are also there to socialize, play games, and help out.

Find out more about the many ways home care providers can help your parent through the different stages of Alzheimer’s. Call our home care agency today.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Chicago Heights IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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