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Dad is Displaying Odd Behaviors as Alzheimer’s Progresses, What Should You Do?

Alzheimer’s Care in Fairfield CT

When your father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you didn’t know what to expect. You knew about memory loss and were worried about the time he might no longer recognize you. You sat up late at night thinking about that situation, playing the scenario in your head, worrying about how it would make you feel.

Alzheimer's Care in Fairfield CT

Alzheimer’s Care in Fairfield CT

Through the years, though, things have been okay. They haven’t been great, but they’ve been okay. You’ve been over to his house to support him, helped your mother take care of him at times, but you also noticed the deterioration in his condition.

Now he’s doing some odd things.

You notice the memory loss becoming more significant as the years progress. What you didn’t expect, though, were some of the odd behaviors he began exhibiting relatively recently. One of those things is him trying to wash his hands in the toilet.

The first time you saw him doing that you couldn’t believe what you were seeing. You thought he was trying to clean the toilet with his bare hands.

When you asked him what was going on, he looked confused, frustrated, and then even embarrassed. He wouldn’t tell you what he was doing, but after a few incidences like this, you began to realize he was trying to wash his hands in the toilet rather than the sink.

What can you do about this situation?

You can’t possibly be there every minute of the day. Your mother is also elderly and taking care of him herself has been overwhelming. She can’t do it alone any longer.

He may need redirection. He may simply be confused after he’s accomplished whatever task he was doing before washing his hands. He may need some simple reminders, soft nudges, so to speak, toward the sink rather than the toilet.

Instead of admonishing him, instead of questioning him sternly, redirection is the best strategy to use.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and wonder what could be coming next, the best thing you can do is sit down with your mother and discuss hiring a home care aide.

You may have tried to avoid this situation in the past because of the expense or certain misconceptions about it. Now you realize just how overwhelming things can become as he continues to progress through this disease. If you truly want the best for him, you truly want him to be comfortable and safe, nothing beats an experienced home care aide at accomplishing that.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Fairfield, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at 203-923-8866

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Jay Kiley

Jay Kiley has spent over well over 30 years providing world class customer service to clients around the world. Whether it was during his career in banking as asenior officer with Fortune 500 companies or working with some of the wealthiest people in the world with the Superyacht Rigging Company he owned with his brother; customer service was and is first and foremost.

As the Regional Developer of SYNERGY HomeCare in Connecticut for the past several years Kiley again puts the customer’s needs first. Working with the four five SYNERGY HomeCare Connecticut offices, Danbury, Bristol, Stamford, East Haven and Fairfield, which he owns with his wife of 34 years,Laurie, he has lead the SYNERGY CareTeam to tremendous growth and continued success. Knowing first hand how health, aging and memory care issues can take a toll on a family, he is a very hands-on owner. He makes his cell phone available to all clients and their families providing more than just care, Kiley provides solutions to his client’s care needs and peace of mind to their family.

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