Tips to handle the trauma while moving a Dementia senior

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

People who have Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia need extra care. At home, taking proper and good care for elders may be difficult at times, especially as it increases and even worsens with time. Families often find help from memory care communities. These centers are specially designed to allow patients suffering from memory loss, to feel successful and productive and not get demotivated because of the disease. Relocating an adult with dementia is hard. With proper care and planning, transfer trauma, which involves a group of symptoms, can be minimized.

How to handle the moving trauma effectively?

Here are a few tips, which can be followed while shifting a senior with Dementia without causing transfer trauma:

  1. Setting off small goals: A person who has Dementia is at life-threatening risk. So some moves need to be taken as soon as possible to make them feel better. One should aim for setting small goals to set up the comfortable pace; this will help control the anxiety for both the patient and the caretaker. It will also boost your confidence, as you will be taking an important decision.

  2. Maintaining a family environment around the patient: You can ask the crew of the memory care community about the floor plan you wish to have for your apartment. It must have the dimensions for every room that has been listed. You can use the plan to make a layout for belongings and furnishing the apartment for the senior patient. It is must for a person with memory loss to be surrounded by similar things. You must make sure that the senior’s favorite belongings and furniture are present in the new place.

  3. Get more engaging the day before you move: As per the stage of dementia the senior person is in, it will be of great assistance if you get engaged in life enhancement programs before you move. You should visit the place at times in a week to get them involved in tasks they are interested in, like some art project or gardening, etc.

Pre-planning the moving day

The best way to comfort your loved one is to make planning and arrangements beforehand to avoid any last minute hassles such as:

  1. Plan the timeline for moving: After selecting a date to move, one must plan for making a smooth timeline for transition. If you are the most critical caretaker for the patient, you must take the support of a professional moving manager. They will assist you in tasks from hiring of moving company to things you can donate, as you no longer need them to a charity.

  2. Create a plan for the moving day: You must give yourself time to choose the appropriate day for moving. This planning involves finding the pace where the senior would stay in the busy hours when the movers are packing the kinds of stuff in the house. You can call up a trusted friend to keep the senior person busy while you see the moving task. They can have food together or engage in some activities rather than getting involved in the activities of moving.

  3. Take self-care: One of the most important things to do is to be kind to self throughout the process. You must be strong and remind yourself that it’s the best thing possible to do for your senior member. Memory care communities take care of special dining in a safe environment. Your loved one with dementia will be living his best days there.

Extending a helping hand

A helping hand from a friend in moving can take off the extra burden from your shoulders. They can look after or take your senior to the community, while you stay with the movers. Elders with dementia need extra care while moving them from one place to another.

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