As an elderly person is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, there are going to be various signs and symptoms of it. Family members are often the first people who step up to support this individual. It could be a spouse, adult children, siblings, and others.
As the disease progresses, the senior will require more assistance.
During the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s, the individual may seem fully capable of taking care of himself, but only requiring a few reminders about appointments, medications, conversations, and other things they have a tendency to forget.
However, as they move through this disease, as the years turn, they will require more and more care. When that happens, it may very well be more than the family support system can handle. For example, a spouse who is in their 70s or 80s already may be physically unable to offer the kind of assistance her husband now requires.
What can be done early on to help prepare for this next phase of Alzheimer’s care?
First, discuss all options with the elderly individual.
It should be his or her decision what type of care and support they receive. More seniors today prefer to remain at home, regardless of how much they struggle with their own basic care. For this, home care support services may be necessary.
Talk to the senior about this and make sure he or she is okay with increased care or hiring an outside caregiver, as opposed to relying on those family members.
Second, look at all options.
There are many senior care options available for those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. Go over all of them with the senior. Don’t leave anything out just because it may seem too expensive or unreasonable at this point in time.
Since the senior has every right to determine what happens in his or her future, they should be exposed to all potential scenarios.
Third, talk about where they want to live.
As mentioned, more seniors prefer to remain at home, but if the senior wants that and is unwilling to consider home care support services, that may not be practical. Let him or her know their loved ones simply don’t have the time, expertise, or physical capability of offering the support he or she needs in the future.
The more they know about home care options, the easier it’s going to be to make the right decision, which is generally remaining at home.
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