Time is ever moving forward, and, no matter how much we wish our loved ones, grow older with every passing day. With age, new complications may arise.
For example, over five million Americans suffer from diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. As your family members age, there is an increased risk they may begin to develop such symptoms. It’s important to plan for the possibility that your relative may need assistance in their care as they age.
Care for Alzheimer’s patients can be complicated. Adjusting on your own to the level of care your relatives need in such a situation can seem impossible. However, you don’t have to make plans for the future alone. There are many options available that can make the transition easy and low-stress, for both you and your loved one.
Home care for Alzheimer’s patients is a great option for those who don’t want to send their loved ones to a nursing home. A person’s house is a place of comfort, stability, and familiarity. In the care and monitoring of patients’ progression through the stages of Alzheimer’s, those three things are some of the most important things. It can oftentimes even help slow the progression of the condition in some cases.
A new environment such as a nursing home can be a major source of stress, and sometimes, can result in a worsening of their condition if the proper efforts are not taken to help them adjust. Your relative is going to be under a lot of stress as their condition progresses, so ensuring there are no outside factors adding to that is imperative.
At-home care can also be personalized based on your family member’s needs and the stage of their Alzheimer’s in ways that could be impossible for a nursing home. Not everyone needs every single part of their life micro-managed, and might only need help on the smaller details. Keeping them as independent as possible for as long as possible minimizes frustration and keeps both you and your relative happier in the long run.
Care According to Your Needs
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s can be difficult. Not every patient will need the exact same care, especially as their condition progresses. It’s important to consider what your family member needs now and what they may need in the future as you make choices about their senior care
By talking with your family caregiver, you can determine what role they’ll play in your relative’s daily life.
All these services and more can be provided by an in-home caregiver, either full-time or even short-time if you would like to remain as a primary care provider for your relative. Every patient needs a different level of attention and care, and should not be treated with a one-size fits all approach.
Compassionate and Respectful
At-Home care is about relationships. Building up a relationship between the caregiver and the patient ensures that your loved one will be treated with the respect and compassion they deserve as they go through this tough period of their life. They don’t want to feel as though their agency is being taken away from them, and that’s why having a personal caregiver can help avoid that.
As at-home care is done on a one-on-one basis rather than provided by overworked nurses to an entire group, the caregiver is able to get to know the patient and can adapt care based on this knowledge. Your loved one’s caregiver will slot into the established daily routine and make up where your relative is struggling.
Maybe Grandma can cook and clean, but she struggles to make important doctor’s appointments or remember to take her medication. Maybe your dad has no trouble dressing or bathing himself, but just needs someone to support him during periods of intense confusion or anger.
Learning and adapting to these needs is what makes at-home care unique.
If you’re now considering in-home Alzheimer’s care or dementia care for your loved one, you’re going to have a lot of questions. Making the decision to hire an at-home caregiver is a complicated decision, and one you’ll want to make with as much information as you can find. Thankfully, Companion Care of Georgia offers free consultation just for this occasion to help with the next step in care planning.
During the consultation, you’ll get a chance to learn more about us, our services, and our staff so you’ll know that you’re in good hands. In the meantime, you can find out more about the services we provide on our website, which provides a list of the kind of services we can provide to you and your family.
Call us today, or complete our contact form. We’ll meet you and your relative to discuss the specifics of what your family member ’s unique Alzheimer’s Disease care will look like.
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Companion Care of Georgia, a locally owned and operated agency in South Georgia, offers a range of services – both respite care and long-term care. We are dedicated to providing our clients with respect, dignity, and value. We want to make sure that your family members receive the highest quality of home care they need to remain comfortable.