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Day-to-Day Tips for Caretakers

Living with Loved Ones with Dementia

In between the big transitional moments, family caregivers face small everyday challenges. Memory issues can bring on changes in your loved one that you may need to become accustomed to and can affect simple daily tasks involving emotional control, problem solving, or cognitive thinking.

Caretaking styles will evolve over time as the memory issues progress and behaviors change. It may be hard for your loved one to admit they need help or to accept help, but there are a few tips to keep in mind to ease the way as a family caregiver.

Daily Activities

  • Provide support around the house—especially in the shower—to encourage independent, safe personal hygiene
  • Set up a routine for bathing, dressing, and eating
  • Assist them in writing lists for groceries, appointments, or events
  • Invest in a weekly pill case for medication they can take with supervision

Communication

  • Use gentle and respectful language when engaging with them
  • Give them time to answer whenever you ask them a question
  • Avoid open-ended questions by offering 2-3 options for them to choose from
  • Vocalize the steps you’ll take before you help them with something, especially during intimate interactions such as bathing or dressing

Relationship Building

  • Share an activity of their choosing on a regular basis to nurture your relationship
  • Allow them to have as much autonomy as possible with their daily tasks but be nearby to assist when needed
  • Take note of what meals they like, places they’re comfortable with and provide them time to adjust when doing new things in new places


Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related type of dementia is a challenge. Designing a calm, comfortable environment and establishing routines for your loved one can ease their stressors and keep them safe as you both navigate this new phase of their life.

Willow River is Here to Help

At Willow River, we understand the challenges that Alzheimer’s and dementia can bring. If you have questions or need help, Willow River has the answers and resources you need. Call Willow River Senior Living at 888-546-1886 or contact us through our website to start the conversation today.