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Household Chores | Management Strategies

  1. Some people with Alzheimer's disease lose the ability to complete the whole string of household activities. Perhaps they leave out parts of the chore because it is too much for them to handle at once. Try to break down the routine into smaller segments. For example, when doing laundry, wash and dry the clothes and then do ironing or folding at a later time.

  2. If the person you care for is unable to help and you are finding the abundance of chores to be overwhelming, consider getting assistance. For example, look into respite care , or hire someone to mow the lawn or shovel the snow. This may help reduce your workload.

  3. It may be helpful to give the person you care for tasks that they are able to complete unassisted at certain times. This will give them a feeling of independence and make them feel that they are being of assistance. This may be particularly useful in a situation where they are consistently performing certain chores incorrectly and increasing your workload.

  4. If the person you care for needs constant reminders to complete certain chores, it may be helpful to write these reminders down on a whiteboard or calendar in plain sight.

  5. Keep the number of cleaning supplies and gadgets to a minimum to help to reduce the number of choices and simplify the process.

See Also:
Symptom Library > Behaviour > Repetitive Behaviour
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Unsafe Actions
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Comprehension/ Understanding
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Independence
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Decision Making
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Motivation
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