Family often has a difficult time when a parent or grandparent, spouse, sibling, or somebody else has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. They want to provide support. They want to ‘be there’ for this individual, but many people have careers, full-time jobs, are raising children, or simply don’t live close enough to offer any real, viable support.
So, they feel helpless.
Some family members feel helpless in these situations. Others look to their spouse or some other individual who lives relatively close to this person to be the main support system. Some simply try to ignore the situation because focusing on it only leads to feelings of guilt, such as thinking, “I wish there was something more I can do.”
There is something more.
Every family member, friend, or even neighbor, whether they live right next door or on the other side of the world can begin talking about home care support services. A home care aide is one of the best assets people could rely upon for a wide range of situations, especially when an older individual has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Experienced home care aides understand the various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Most of these caregivers, especially those who work for agencies, have already worked with other seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. They already know about the various signs and symptoms, the stages, and what to expect in the coming months and years.
Some of these caregivers realize the benefits of routine.
A routine is something a person does the same way, usually at the same time, day after day, week after week, month after month. A routine can offer comfort for a person dealing with memory loss. Imagine this type of situation:
An elderly person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s wakes up one afternoon from a nap. He is confused. He doesn’t know where he is. His spouse comes in to help him, but he doesn’t recognize her. He may recognize her, but can’t put a name to face. It can be frightening. It can cause him to start lashing out.
It causes a tremendous amount of anxiety. If he doesn’t have some method or strategy that can provide him comfort, things could get progressively worse quickly. However, if there is a particular routine that he does whenever he wakes up, usually in the morning, and his wife or home care aide guides him into that same routine, even if it’s in the afternoon, habit takes over. The routine provides some comfort and de-escalates the anxiety.
Most family members don’t realize the benefits in routine and other strategies, and that’s why family can do a great benefit by recommending home care for that loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.