Dementia & Alzheimer’s information can make your life easier-

Posted on September 20, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

By Senior Helpers – Solana Beach

Caring for someone with dementia can be one of the most difficult as well as one of the most generous things you ever do. In most cases, the person you will be caring for will be a loved one or family member. This can make the task even more challenging. The stress and pressure associated with being a caregiver puts you in a higher risk category for burnout or depression. Arming yourself with information and available resources can make a world of difference. The sooner you educate yourself the better. Try not to wait until you are panicked or have an emergency.

Your loved one’s doctor is a great source of information but doctors are generally very busy and may not have a lot of time to spend with you. Contact your local Alzheimer’s Association or go online to identify local support groups for information. You may even want to participate in an online chat group. It might be helpful to communicate with people in a similar situation.

Know where to turn to if you need some support help or down time. Perhaps the assistance of a Geriatric Care Manager could help you in identifying services available and appropriate for your needs (such as Crescent Geriatric Care Management, Inc.) and identifying reputable, licensed home care companies (like Senior Helpers) that service your area. Having a trained caregiver will provide you a much deserved break and allow you tend to your own affairs. Research adult day care in your area as well. Adult day care health care services provide a safe and productive destination for your loved one while allowing you some time off. Many adult day care centers also have support groups, which can be very helpful and reassuring.

As with most things you do in life, being educated and prepared will make things go smoother and more successfully. Caring for someone with dementia can sometimes seem endless and thankless, but it is so very giving and important. Understand and know what you are doing and identify your available resources and you will both benefit immensely.

BY: Senior Helpers – Solana Beach, CA 858.523.9170

 

 

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