How Can You Help Your Senior When Confusion Is Becoming More Common?

Confusion that occurs for your aging adult now and again is discomforting enough, but as it becomes more common, it can become frightening for them. Here are some things that can help you to manage certain types of common confusion for your elderly family member.

Home Care in Ada MI: Dealing with Confusion

Home Care in Ada MI: Dealing with Confusion

Avoid Changing Routines, if Possible.

Routines are vital for keeping yourself and your elderly family member on target. Because of that fact, changes to routines, especially rapid changes with no warning, can be upsetting. Do what you can to establish solid routines that you don’t have to change every time something comes up.

Leave Plenty of Reminders.

When there’s something that your aging adult needs to remember, whether that’s a new routine, a medication she needs to take, or when it’s time to eat, consider leaving notes and reminders. These can help your senior to stick to her routine even if you’re not there with her. Make sure that when you do leave notes, they’re legible and easy to find.

Label Items and Rooms.

If your senior is suffering from serious confusion caused by dementia or other neurological issues, she may have difficulty remembering where she is or what certain household items do. Labeling cabinets, appliances, and doors to important rooms, such as the bathroom, can be really helpful. Involve your aging adult in making the signs if she’s interested.

Make Clocks and Calendars Available and Easy to Read.

Another source of confusion for aging adults can be uncertainty about time of day and even the date. Having more than one clock and calendar available can help your aging adult to orient herself easily even if she’s not sure whether it’s day or night. If your senior does experience this type of confusion, be sure to let home care providers and family members know so that they’re prepared for any situations that arise.

If confusion is more than just an occasional issue, definitely bring it up with your elderly family member’s doctor. It’s important to rule out the potential cause and find solutions whenever possible.

If you or someone you know needs help with home care in Ada, MI, contact Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.