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Understanding the Complex Needs of an Elderly Loved One With Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Charlotte, NC – Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s can Put a Tremendous Strain on the Caregiver

Alzheimer’s Care in Charlotte, NCBeing a family caregiver for a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is both challenging and rewarding. Alzheimer’s patients are battling a complex array of symptoms that can change by the hour. Memory loss, confusion, and frustration are all common when dealing with someone who is losing their cognitive functions.

Progress or skills that were learned one day may be completely forgotten the next day. Also, routines and daily tasks will have to be learned multiple times, or sometimes repeated routinely. For a family member, this environment can be challenging. This is where it’s a great idea to consider Alzheimer’s home care. A trained caregiver knows exactly how to deal with the different behaviors and cognitive challenges your elderly loved one is experiencing.

While providing care for these patients is essential and a great service, many family caregivers may experience symptoms similar to depression or anxiety. In fact, they are more at risk for suffering from depression or other emotional issues because of the stress of caring for a senior with health issues.

According to estimates, about 5 million or so people suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a part of a larger group of symptoms that cause dementia – a group of similar symptoms that cause a loss of cognitive functions.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy cut and dried way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Each case is literally a case by case basis, as symptoms and the speed of the disease change depending on a patient’s medical history and lifestyle. Some of the many agreed upon symptoms that are similar in Alzheimer’s disease patients are:

  • Thinking and reasoning issues are common among Alzheimer’s patients, as problem-solving or remembering tasks can be difficult or even non-existent.
  • Confusion, loss of judgment, finishing thoughts, or finding the right words during a conversation.
  • Behavioral changes or radical mood switches.
  • Difficulty with simple tasks like getting dressed, preparing meals, or even going to well-known places like the mall or the grocery store.

A caregiver experienced in memory loss can help to make up for any cognitive lapses that an Alzheimer’s disease patient is suffering from during the course of their disease. Transportation, help around the house, and companionship are all common roles of the caregiver. This can help your senior loved one receive a better quality of life.

If you or your loved one could benefit from the help of Alzheimer’s care in Charlotte, NC and the surrounding areas, contact the caregivers at Golden Heart Senior Care. Experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’re in Caring Hands with Golden Heart! Call (704) 246-5806 for more information.

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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.