Agitation for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can be a major problem for them and their caregivers. When a person with Alzheimer’s shows signs of agitation, the typical treatment is pharmaceutical drugs, but a study done at Johns Hopkins University showed that having a set schedule filled with appropriate activities can be very effective at preventing or minimalizing agitation.
The AlzBetter program has found similar successes and utilizes a software program to help create a schedule for the caregivers to follow. Caring for people with dementia by home health care agencies typically does not have such a tool. The schedules serve as a blueprint for the home health aides to follow and give a clear direction how to incorporate appropriate activities into the care recipient’s day. For more information about the study, click the link below.