Raising a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or taking care of people with Alzheimer demands 100% and patience. This is a usual experience one faces, compare to the normal health problem. The fact that people with cognitive difficulties require different expectations and a well-developed special set of caregiving skills from the other physical ones.
As a caregiver, it is difficult to see your family member sick or physically disabled but watching your loved one facing and suffering from cognitive problems is more than devastating. Whether its Autism, Dementia, Brain Injury, Down syndrome or any other cognitive disability, the caregivers should be skilled with handling such difficulty and making it perfectly normal.
So, what all things to improve to while taking care of your loved ones in the safest way?
The safest ways you can adopt while taking care of someone with a cognitive disorder:
- Calm and safe atmosphere: A patient with the cognitive problem, a caregiver should create a place where the person can feel comfortable and safe.
- Everything is normal: This should be attitude, while you treat a cognitive disordered patient. Keeping it simple and normal. If there are communication difficulties, try keeping the language very easy and basic. Keeping positive attitude can work wonders too!
- Self-control: Caregiver should always remember just one thing while treating the patient, it’s the disease, not the person. Frustration would not help you and the victim, so try not to blame the person suffering from the cognitive disorder for the changes the disease is causing in the patient.
- Develop open-mindedness: Taking care of someone with the cognitive disorder is not easy as it requires different tricks and approach from time to time. This is because of the constant changes; the disease brings in your loved one which requires tactics to help yourself and the victim.
- Read, learn and develop: It is necessary to have good and useful information about the disease before treating the one with the brain disorder. Reading about the different conditions and the caregiving strategies would help understand the patient quickly.
The work of the caregiver is never easy as they have to keep everything in their mind which would help them to stay enhanced, stress-free and so is to the patient. While looking all the aspects of what a caregiver should do, small advice to all the caregivers out there that to be motivated, get support, take breaks for yourself and most importantly, forgive yourself. Forgiving yourself is one of the best things you can do to yourself. This would help you do your work properly and effectively.
You know the different story; you know the pain of having a loved one suffering from a cognitive problem. You know the backbreaking efforts that go into caregiving. You know all the bits and bricks of things happening to the person, in and out. So keep that spirit and positive attitude in you. One day, all your hard work, love, efforts, and faith will be paid off.