Alzheimer's Care for Seniors in Ellington, CT
Learn about Alzheimer's care from Comfort Keepers of Ellington, CT and how starting this care early can be the best thing for your loved one.
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, family members want to help, and one or more family members often end up becoming family caregivers. Before long, these caring souls find out what those who went before them discovered: caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease is challenging and exhausting work. Many times, family caregivers do not even realize how overwhelmed, tired, and exhausted they are until they finally get a chance to take a break. Looking back, they wonder, what happened?
What Do You Need to Know About Alzheimer's Care in Ellington, CT?
When a senior is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease they do not lose all of their memories, cognition, or abilities immediately. It happens gradually, over time. Typically, the disease starts by eroding short-term memory and then gradually takes away their mental and physical capabilities. Yet, because the degradation is gradual, most caregivers do not even notice the changes while they are happening. Before they know it, however, what was once occasional memory support has turned into a full-time job. At this stage, many caregivers realize that they have not been sleeping, socializing, or even taking care of their own needs.
There are ways to keep the challenges of Alzheimer's care from sneaking up on you.
1. Do your research early. Unless you are an expert in the field of dementia, there is probably a lot about Alzheimer's disease that you don't know. Take the time to learn all you can early in the disease's progression. Read, join a support group, or even team up with a professional care provider. The more you know about the disease early on, the better prepared you will be for the challenges ahead.
2. Identify and track the stages. While no two seniors will progress through Alzheimer's disease in the exact same way, the disease does follow a standard set of stages. By identifying the stage your loved one is in, you will have a better idea of the signs and symptoms to look out for, the care that is required, and what is likely to be coming next.
3. Plan. Since Alzheimer's progresses in stages, caregivers do not always need to react to a senior's challenges. In fact, with proper planning, many challenges can be avoided or lessened.
4. Take time off. One of the greatest dangers to the caregiver and the senior being cared for is caregiver burnout. When the caregiving is too exhausted or weak to provide safe and effective care both the caregiver and the senior are at risk. The primary way burnout is avoided is through frequent respite breaks. These breaks should be taken early and often throughout the care cycle. Not only will this help avoid burnout, but it will help develop a relationship between the senior, their family caregiver(s), and the professional Alzheimer's care staff.
Alzheimer's can be challenging, but with proper planning and support, it does not have to be overwhelming. For more information on Alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's care, and how Comfort Keepers can help, contact a senior care coordinator today.
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