This report will discuss the care required for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the common causes of dementia, it is a disease that causes symptoms such as memory loss and interferes with a person’s intellectual abilities, making it very difficult to perform simple daily tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease, the symptoms are not as noticeable at the beginning but get a lot worse as time goes on. (1) Out of the 5.4 million people in America living with Alzheimer's, it is estimated that 5.2 million people are aged 65 and older, and about 200,000 people are under the age of 65 (this would be known as younger-onset Alzheimer's). One in nine people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer's disease. Among…show more content… But to help them cope with how they may be feeling about having this illness. Patients may often feel very isolated and lonely this can be very hard on a person and on their families, as their families may want to be there but cannot all the time. This is why holistic nursing is such an important part of nursing, it can make a person in this kind of situation feel happy and wanted, this can make a huge difference in the wellbeing of a patient. They don’t just feel like they are a hassle and that they are just another one of your patients in a long line of patients. This is why it is important that nurses and healthcare assistants take a little bit of time out of their day if they can to practice this kind of…show more content… Letting them know you are there for them if they need anything or just want some company. This is so important because this instantly makes the relationship between the nurse and patient stronger and also can make your day feel a little more satisfying. Other parts of holistic nursing are also religious or spiritual beliefs if the patient has any it is important to ask them and let them know they can avail of these services if needed.(5)
When dealing with an Alzheimer’s patient it is important for their holistic care needs to take these few things into consideration. Such as the environment, for a person with Alzheimer’s things in their environment can have a negative effect on their attitude and can make them upset so it is important to be aware of these triggers and if possible change them. It is important not to make a person with Alzheimer’s more anxious than they already are.
Things such as lighting in a room, noise and also where things such as furniture are placed can have a big difference. And also making the surrounding area safe for the person so they do not have an accident is extremely