Medical ID Bracelets Can Help Those with Dementia Live Safely
In a previous blog, titled “Just what is Dementia?”, the condition of dementia was explored in terms of symptoms, causes, and treatments. Broadly, dementia describes a cluster of symptoms that interfere with normal life. The symptoms can included memory loss, not able to learn new things, problems with organization, alternation in personality, agitation, delusions, and even hallucinations. With improvements in medicine resulting in longer lifetimes, more people than ever have loved ones who deal with dementia.
Even though it can be quite hard to take care of people with dementia, there are a variety of steps individuals may take to make care easier on themselves as well as their loved one. Providing medical ID bracelets for those with dementia is essential, but probably among the easiest steps.
It is extremely important when caring for someone with dementia to keep in mind that you won’t have the ability to be perfect. It's not uncommon for someone with dementia to get angry, not recognize members of the family, or experience other frustrating symptoms. This can be upsetting, especially when you are doing your best to deal with them. Almost inevitably, you're going to get frustrated and maybe become angry yourself. Should you react angrily or impatiently, forgive yourself.
Whenever arguing your case for something, it's a reflex in general life to provide the logical reasoning behind your situation. However, one of many symptoms of dementia can be an inability to think logically. A good skill to acquire when caring for someone with dementia would be to forget about logical explanations and make statements about what is going to be happening, rather than why.
Another reflex in your everyday living is the expectation that others will find out from experiences and mistakes. Someone with dementia will likely not learn from mistakes and mishaps. In beginning stages, putting signs up-such as ‘turn off the stove when you’re finished’-will help. Eventually, however, with progressive dementia, these notes will not work. At this point, it will be necessary to rearrange the environment so the ‘mistakes’ aren't possible.
Often, nighttime may be particularly hard for people with dementia. Feeling tired from the day can increase irritability and the darkness is usually disorienting. Leaving lights on can help with some disorientation. Limiting daytime caffeine and naps can help avoid restlessness. People with dementia are susceptible to wandering. This tendency can be augmented at nighttime.
Sometimes, people who have dementia even wander out of the house. Because this behavior is typical in people with dementia, you should make sure your loved one wears some type of medical alert jewelry. This way, if your loved ones happen to wander off, the contact and medical info on their medical alert bracelets or medical alert necklaces will make sure that they find their way home safely and, if necessary, are treated with the right medications.
Although taking care of someone close struggling with dementia can be very challenging, many troubles could very well be avoided and/or relieved. Supplying loved ones with medical alert jewelry (i.e. medical ID bracelets), and following some of the tips above will probably alleviate a few of the hardships. Combined with the difficulties, there you will likely share many rewarding and happy moments.
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If you have a medical condition it may be in your best interest to wear some sort of medical ID. This can come in the form of medical id bracelets or medical alert necklace. In case of any emergency those around you will know how to best take care of you.
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