Hearing the news that an elderly family member, perhaps your mother or father, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is most likely going to feel overwhelming at first. Even though you may have been worried about this, noticing the various symptoms of Alzheimer’s, including memory loss beginning to affect them, most people aren’t really ready for something like this.
Finding the right care for somebody with Alzheimer’s is absolutely essential. Some people assume they can wait a few years before the signs and symptoms of this disease become more prevalent, but it’s a good idea to begin discussing proper Alzheimer’s care options as early as possible.
There are plenty of options and it can be confusing for those who have no prior experience dealing with this disease. Below are five tips that may just help you navigate all the options available.
The sooner care begins, the better it’ll be for the senior
An experienced Alzheimer’s care provider will likely help the senior develop a routine. This routine can be a source of comfort for those moments when he or she is struggling with their memory, doesn’t recognize their surroundings, or feels anxious as a result of that.
Experience is essential
The more experience a caregiver has, the better it’s going to be. That’s because of the aforementioned routine, but also mental stimulation. More experienced caregivers realize that mental stimulation early in the disease’s progression can pay dividends later on.
Right now, an aide may be all that’s needed
When you hire through an agency you will have flexibility. At the moment, the senior may only need assistance a couple of days a week, maybe for only an hour or two each time. That flexibility is available through agencies, but as the need for more care increases, agencies will be able to provide that as well.
A visiting nurse could be something to think about in the future
As Alzheimer’s continues to progress, there may be a need for more direct medical attention, including checking vital statistics, administering medications, and more. For this, a visiting nurse will be needed, especially if the senior prefers to remain at home.
Home care is far better than relying solely on family
The family will rally around and do whatever they can to help, but nothing is more beneficial to those seniors with Alzheimer’s than relying on experienced and professional care through a home care agency.
When you consider these tips it should help you find the right care for that loved one who has recently been diagnosed with this form of dementia.
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