Dementia Doesn’t Have to End Family Visits

Through thick and thin, sickness and health—words that indicate a lifelong vow; but marriage isn’t the only relationship that requires commitment. Keeping families together sometimes means making an effort to maintain bonds.

At Thoughtful Healthcare, we want families to stay connected in happy and healthy ways. That’s why we have put together some tips to ensure a good visit with a loved one who has dementia.

  • “Proper planning prevents problems,” says Thoughtful Health Care CEO, Tim Tholen. Plan for your visit, but remain flexible enough to pull back on an outing if your loved one with dementia shows signs of anxiety. Sometimes a happy visit is a simple visit.
  • Get on the same page with younger children before the visit. Phrases like, “Grandma might need some help remembering things,” can be the kind of instruction that puts the situation into context
  • People who have dementia—whether Alzheimer’s Lewey Body or Parkinson’s disease– may exhibit different behaviors as the disease progresses. Get everyone aware of what to anticipate during a visit. Sundowning, for instance, can cause anxiety when the night approaches.
  • Make notes of any changes in your loved one and share them with other family members. People with an outside perspective can offer valuable insights into the wellbeing of a loved one with dementia.

Families in Kansas City, Overland Park and Prairie Village enjoy visiting with family. We live in a community that values connection. If you have any questions or concerns about the care of a loved one who has dementia, give us a call. We are here to help.