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May 11, 2020

With so many seniors and friends with special needs unable to leave their homes during COVID-19, we have decided to offer complimentary grocery delivery. Simply send us the details of your order and our volunteer caregivers will pick it up, sanitize it, and drop it off at your door. Priority is given to those who […]

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March 12, 2020

While the coronavirus outbreak poses health risks for everyone, officials have made clear that the elderly are particularly vulnerable. At Big Hearts Homecare we prioritize the health and safety of both clients and workers. COVID-19 is a serious health threat and while the risk of transmission varies between communities, the risk to Canadians is still […]

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March 12, 2020

Seniors in BC who need help with the activities of daily living (such as bathing and dressing), as well as those who need assistance with the instrumental activities of daily living (such as preparing meals), have a number of options. Some seniors living in Vancouver choose to move into an assisted living facility where aides […]

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October 16, 2019

When it comes time to take care of your elderly loved ones, you want to be sure that they are handled with care, love, and patience. While it may be stressful at times, you must also keep in mind that it is not easy for them to become dependent on you or others for their […]

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September 21, 2019

What is palliative care? If you have a life-threatening condition or a serious illness, palliative care can: help improve your quality of life reduce or relieve your physical and psychological symptoms help you have a more peaceful and dignified death support your family and those you care for while you are dying and afterward This […]

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September 2, 2019

Your loved one is getting discharged from the hospital, so what is next? This Fact Sheet will look at the keys to a successful transition from hospital to home, explain some important elements, offer suggestions for improving the process, and provide caregivers with checklists to help ensure the best care for a loved one. If […]

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August 20, 2019

It’s normal for people to experience some foot problems as they age. But experts say that problems with feet can be the first sign of more serious medical conditions, particularly among older adults. Health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve issues, and circulatory disorders, may first be manifested in the feet. That is why it […]

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August 12, 2019

As we age, certain everyday activities become difficult. We may not be able to perform easy tasks such as cooking, cleaning and even bathing. Safety also becomes a concern as we get older. Besides forgetting to take our daily cocktail of medications, we may have trouble getting out of bed, or we could slip and […]

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August 5, 2019

            Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. Big Hearts Home Care can help you deal with your loved one’s condition and here we provide you with suggestions on coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Common Changes in […]

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June 29, 2019

Summer is most Vancouverites’ favorite season. When the sun shines on Vancouver, there’s no prettier place on earth, and locals make the most of the summer months—June, July, and August—with tons of festivals, parties, outdoor adventures, and more. 01of 18 Celebrate Canada Day Canada Day, celebrated on July 1, is always a massive party in the city, with […]

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August 10, 2018

Shifting Towards Autonomy:  A Continuing Care Model for Canada CLICK HERE    

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May 30, 2017

Emily Carr, one of British Columbia’s most beloved artists, once said, “There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness.” Like so many others, Carr was inspired by Vancouver’s sweeping views and tangible sense of spirit. There really is no place like Vancouver, and for […]

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April 6, 2017

Spring is a time of new growth and warm weather. After spending the winter indoors, your elderly loved one may yearn to hear birds sing and see flowers blooming again. In fact, fresh air and sunshine have been proven to contribute to good health—both physically and mentally. Many doctors recommend spending some time outdoors each […]

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April 6, 2017

British Columbia’s government will spend $500 million over the next four years to improve care for seniors, including increasing the direct services the elderly receive at residential care facilities. Health Minister Terry Lake says the plan will allow provincial health authorities to provide more than three hours of daily direct care to seniors in public […]

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April 6, 2017

After a long and sometimes dark winter, you might feel inspired to make changes to enhance your health. If that is the case, read on to find out how you can rejuvenate your life this spring. Whether you’re living in a senior community already, living independently, living with a family member, or caring for one, […]

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06/Mar/2021

Alzheimer's care, Tip on dealing with Alzheimer's

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. Big Hearts Home Care can help you deal with your loved one’s condition and here we provide you with suggestions on coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

Common Changes in Personality and Behaviour

Common personality and behaviour changes you may see include:

– Getting upset, worried, and angry easily
– Acting depressed or not interested in things
– Hiding things or believing other people are hiding things
– Imagining things that aren’t there
– Wandering away from home
– Pacing a lot
– Showing unusual sexual behaviour
– Hitting you or other people
– Misunderstanding what he or she sees or hears

You also may notice that the person stops caring about how he or she looks, stops bathing, and wants to wear the same clothes every day.

Other Factors That Can Affect Behaviour

In addition to changes in the brain, other things may affect how people with Alzheimer’s behave:

– Feelings such as sadness, fear, stress, confusion, or anxiety
– Health-related problems, including illness, pain, new medications, or lack of sleep
– Other physical issues like infections, constipation, hunger or thirst, or problems seeing or hearing

Other problems in their surroundings may affect behaviour for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Too much noise, such as TV, radio, or many people talking at once can cause frustration and confusion. Stepping from one type of flooring to another or the way the floor looks may make the person think he or she needs to take a step down. Mirrors may make them think that a mirror image is another person in the room.

If you don’t know what is causing the problem, call the doctor. It could be caused by a physical or medical issue.

Other Tips

Caregivers cannot stop Alzheimer’s-related changes in personality and behaviour, but they can learn to cope with them. Here are some tips:

– Keep things simple. Ask or say one thing at a time.
– Have a daily routine, so the person knows when certain things will happen.
– Reassure the person that he or she is safe and you are there to help.
– Focus on his or her feelings rather than words. For example, say, “You seem worried.”
– Don’t argue or try to reason with the person.
– Try not to show your frustration or anger. If you get upset, take deep breaths and count to 10. If it’s safe, leave the room for a few minutes.
– Use humour when you can.
– Give people who pace a lot a safe place to walk. Provide comfortable, sturdy shoes. Give them light snacks to eat as they walk, so they don’t lose too much weight, and make sure they have enough to drink.
– Try using music, singing, or dancing to distract the person.
– Ask for help. For instance, say, “Let’s set the table” or “I need help folding the clothes.”

Talk with the person’s doctor about problems like hitting, biting, depression, or hallucinations. Medications are available to treat some behavioural symptoms.

(Adapted this article from,
<https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/managing-personality-and-behavior-changes-alzheimers> )


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