Sometimes i hear complaints from members of families, that their loved one is not taking proper care of self. Well …
Recently discovered that i have lost the smell sensor for body odor
(not completely a bad thing, if in public much, LOL).
But when combined with memory problems, can cause complications with self-care.
Now, when i go to bed, on my pillow i see 5×7 pictures reminding me to set out deodorant & teeth supplies, set out early-morning meds, put portable phone on charger, & turn on night-Lights. Before i put my head on the pillow i can carry the 5×7 pictures around to keep my tasks in mind, then set the clamped pictures in the top of my sock drawer before i go to bed. In the morning, when i get my socks, the 5×7 clamped pictures get set on my pillow.
Every person living with dementia symptoms is different in placement of swiss-cheeze holes for mental processing. For me, visual processing is still best way to process information (such as InfoGraphics). So picture of placement for deodorant & toothbrush much more likely to get complete understanding than just words on a list. For someone with low visual processing, another strategy might be better. This information can be found in neuro-psych scores.
With deodorant and toothbrush out on countertop, i am much less likely to forget to use them.
PS: also lost smell sensor for flatulence but … oh well, LOL 😀
Not first smell sensor lost >> https://truthfulkindness.com/2016/10/28/fragrance-craft-and-my-nose/
Comment from my dementia friend Karen Creekmore on 07Dec2022:
I can relate to brushing teeth several times, etc!
(I live alone, so probably not useful to some).
*What’s works for me(for now):
*Part of my PM routine is placing all items needed on bathroom counter for AM routine(toothbrush/paste, deodorant, eye drops, lotion, ect).
*As I use each item, I put
them back up.
I’m sure you(we)will continue
adjusting to our ‘new normals!
— Karen Creekmore on 07Dec2022 (with permission).
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