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Operating Gadgets/Appliances | Management Strategies

  1. If the person you care for has difficulty using complex machinery such as a snow blower, or lawn mower, it may be wise to consider getting assistance with these tasks. For example, you could hire someone to mow the lawn or remove the snow.

  2. Make sure that on and off switches are easily marked on all appliances in order to help make positions clear.

  3. If possible, purchase commonly used appliances or instruments, such as remote controls, phones, or music systems with enlarged key pads. This makes pushing the buttons easier for people with motor skill problems or vision problems.

  4. If the person you care for is unable to use appliances or machinery in a safe manner, remove them from the home, or put them in inaccessible locations. It is not wise to have them in reach of the person you care for, because it is only putting them and others at danger.

  5. If the person you care for is using an appliance or instrument for the wrong function, gently remind them of the correct way. They are most likely not aware of what they are doing, and have forgotten the right way.

  6. Try not to bring new gadgets or appliances into the home, unless they will be easy to use. If the person you care for needs to learn how to use new and complex instruments, this will only serve to increase their anxiety and frustration.

  7. If the person you care for is still able to comprehend what they are reading, it may help to write down the channels or stations that they commonly use and leave a list by the television or radio. As well, you could leave instructions on how to change channels and volume on or near the remote.

  8. When the person you care for is using an appliance or instrument, such as the television or radio, it may help to come in and periodically check on them. Make sure that they are not stuck on a channel or having some sort of problem.

  9. It may be helpful to institute gadgets that may make life easier for the person you care for. For example, having "clap on" lights, may be easier than having the person turn on a lamp or light switch.

See Also:
Symptom Library > Behaviour > Irritability/ Frustration
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Unsafe Actions
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Anxiety and Worry
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Agnosia
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Memory
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