How To Prepare For The Alzheimer’s Care Journey

Posted by Machelle Thompson on Aug 11, 2015 8:52:00 AM

preparing-for-alzheimers-care-journeyAlzheimer’s care for aging seniors is strenuous when a family and support network do not fully understand the disease process. In-home caregivers who are properly trained in providing advanced home care to Alzheimer’s patients are able to relieve you of some complex challenges in caring for your aging loved one.

As you develop an Alzheimer’s care plan for your senior, it is helpful to look for caregiver services that employ experienced care providers and ensure your loved one sees the same caregiver on a consistent basis.

Whether you choose to provide your senior with in-home care by becoming a family caregiver or decide upon a caregiver service, it is necessary to prepare for the Alzheimer’s care journey. In order for you and your family to come to terms with and prepare for the effects that Alzheimer’s will have on your loved one, educate yourself on Alzheimer’s disease and the care process.

What You Need To Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

In 2014, approximately 5.2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s disease. If you are familiar with Alzheimer’s, you may already be aware that almost two-thirds of aging adults with this disease are women. The number of Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia is expected to rise drastically in coming years as adults from the baby boom generation age.

If your loved one is elderly, it’s important to watch them carefully for changing health conditions because they may be at risk for Alzheimer’s. When you spend time with your loved one, look for some of the following warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Social reclusion
  • Misplacing belongings
  • Confusion with time or place

Learn Or Update Your Caregiving Skills

You may choose to have an in-home caregiver provide the proper care and attention to your loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. However, you must also possess caregiving skills for times when your caregiver is not in your senior’s home and especially if you are providing care on your own.

Alzheimer’s disease is a journey that must be managed appropriately, so it is necessary to learn about treatment and behavior management. Once your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, join the Alzheimer’s Association and consult the helpful information available on alz.org.

You may choose to receive training on how to communicate with your loved one, how to provide proper nutrition and how exercise affects individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Online support groups are also available through the Alzheimer’s Association.

Join A Local Alzheimer’s Care Support Group

Having conversations with other families who are caring for Alzheimer’s patients helps you stay healthy emotionally and physically. By managing stress and your own personal care, you avoid caregiver burnout.

If you are currently caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, take note of whether you are experiencing some of the following signs of burnout:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Anger with your loved one
  • Abuse of drugs or alcohol
  • Social reclusion

While your loved one may need care and support when they have Alzheimer’s disease, you must also take care of yourself. An in-home caregiver is able to provide all necessary attention to your senior so you have time to deal with grief and your personal well-being. Caregivers help your loved one feel as comfortable as possible given their difficult circumstances.

If you have questions about the Alzheimer’s care journey, a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) is able to offer guidance. The experienced GCMs at Keen Home Care are experts in their field. Speak with a GCM today to begin developing a care plan for your loved one.

Ready to learn more about developing a care plan for your aging loved one? Discover the best in-home and elderly care services for your senior.

In-Home Care And Beyond: Your Guide To Taking Care Of Your Aging Parents Today - And Tomorrow - Download Your Free Guide

 

View All Posts

Take The Keen Home Care Challenge: Which Senior Care Services Does My Loved One  Need?Assess My Loved One's Needs
Receive A Free In-Home Care Consultation And Seek Guidance From An Experienced  Geriatric Care ManagerSchedule My Free Consultation