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Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or finding out your friend or family member has been diagnosed with it, can be a difficult thing to hear. You have an idea of what’s coming, but you don’t know the details and you don’t know how to properly prepare.
This blog is here to help Alzheimer’s patients and their family know what’s coming and how they can best cope with it. We have resources, tips from doctors and therapists, and a social support network to help you connect with others who know exactly what you are going through. We are your support community.
Latest Article — Proper Skincare for Alzheimer’s Patients
Skincare might seem like a more minor issue, but it is one of the many small things that can be overlooked—Especially by patients that are starting to suffer more of the serious effects of the disease and are increasingly forgetful about their own self-care. If you are the family member looking out for their wellbeing in this stage, you should add this to your regular checklist of things to monitor so they do not develop any serious health issues as a result.
In earlier stages of the disease, forgetting proper skincare can lead to dry and irritated skin, and potentially even rashes and skin conditions that they forget to treat properly. Meanwhile, patients in the late-stage of Alzheimer’s disease are likely to become partly or completely bedridden or bound to a wheel-chair. Without the ability to move around to adjust themselves, they can see more serious skin problems as well as joint issues.
Here are some tips for you to remember, to help an Alzheimer’s patient maintain healthy skin:
- Remind them, or directly help them, move around enough to promote proper blood circulation
- Change their body position every two hours at minimum to help keep them more mobile and avoid lesions
- Learn how to properly lift them if they need the help. Never lift them from the arms or shoulders
- Make sure their skin is kept clean and dry to avoid skin conditions
- Make sure they are bathed and cleaned regularly and with gentle motions to prevent skin tearing or bruising. Use soap that is not harsh and dry them softly to avoid friction that can cause rashes, sores or other blemishes and conditions.
- Check the patient daily for any sign of rashes, sores, or other breakdowns
Bedsores can be the biggest risk to a patient that is bedridden when it comes to skincare. It is advisable to place pillows or some sort of padding underneath the patient to alleviate the pressure on more bony areas like their elbows, feet or hips.