How Alzheimer’s Caregivers Benefit from Using Post-it Notes

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The life of an Alzheimer’s caregiver can be overwhelming, which is why it’s important to devise ways to make caregiving duties easier. Post-it notes are a great tool for Alzheimer’s caregivers, as they can be used to remind, instruct, and much more. Here are a few ways Post-it notes can help Alzheimer’s caregivers with their daily responsibilities. 

Encourage Independence

Seniors with Alzheimer’s who retain a degree of independence can use Post-it notes to complete daily tasks. The caregiver can put a list of things the senior has to do that day on the refrigerator, using a separate Post-it for each list item. These tasks can range from taking medications and eating lunch to watering the plants. The senior can then remove the Post-it after completing the task. This ensures he or she completes all the necessary tasks and doesn’t forget or repeat a task. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Kingwood Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.

Summarize the News

For seniors in later stages of the disease, it can be difficult to keep up with news. Post-it notes can be used to provide seniors with quick bits of information. Caregivers can use them to summarize news articles that would interest the senior. If your loved one used to follow politics, use Post-it notes to give him or her the day’s headlines. If your loved one is a big fan of science, use these sticky notes to provide a summary of the most recent scientific findings. These short summaries are easier to follow than full articles, and they provide information the senior wouldn’t otherwise have access to. 

Label Items Around the House

People with Alzheimer’s may have difficulty remembering where things are located. To give them a reminder, caregivers can use Post-it notes to label cupboards, closets, and storage containers. This ensures people with Alzheimer’s can easily find plates, produce, and other things in the home. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. The Woodlands families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.

Provide Instructions

Seniors who are alone throughout the day may need instructions on how to complete various tasks. If your loved one takes medication, he or she may need a list of what to take and when to take it. If your loved one needs to use the microwave or oven, he or she may need directions on setting temperature and adjusting the power level. Post-it notes are an easy way for caregivers to leave important instructions. They’re colorful, eye-catching, and can prevent seniors from making correctable mistakes. 

Increase Privacy During Public Restroom Use

Sometimes seniors with Alzheimer’s need assistance using the bathroom. When in public spaces with a senior of the opposite sex, this can pose a problem for caregivers. To make this situation easier, caregivers can place a Post-it note on the door of the public restroom that reads, “Please be patient, this bathroom is being used by someone of the opposite sex to assist a person with Alzheimer’s.” This alerts other bathroom-goers to the problem, and it can help ensure the caregiver and senior have a level of privacy.

Recovering from a stroke, managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and a variety of other health-related situations can make it difficult for a senior to continue living at home without someone there to help. North Houston, TX, live-in care professionals are trained to help seniors who need 24/7 assistance. With the help of a live-in caregiver, your elderly loved one can maintain a higher quality of life while aging in place. To create a customized care plan for your aging loved one, call Home Care Assistance at 832-412-1345 today.