Jan 5, 2018 by Nick Miller
It is estimated that half of Americans make New Year's resolutions, and most of them are associated with weight loss, fitness, and financial savings. Sadly, few people are successful in keeping up with their resolutions for more than a couple of months. Many don't even make it that far.
This year, consider making a New Year's resolution that will truly make an impact: resolve to truly consider the benefits your senior loved ones may receive from in-home care, especially those who may need Alzheimer's care.
If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it can be challenging to watch them progress through the stages, and without a plan, most seniors will end up being moved into a nursing home or memory care facility. Yet, in many cases, professional in-home Alzheimer's care can make such a difference that the senior is able to remain safely at home.
The Alzheimer's Association notes that the first step in providing the necessary physical and mental health supports that your loved one needs is to recognize their need for support. From help with daily chores, such as light housekeeping and laundry, to transportation, meal preparation, and personal care services, in-home Alzheimer's care providers can create a safe and comfortable home environment.
Alzheimer's often leads to pain, frustration, anxiety, disorientation, and depression once seniors move past the initial stages of Alzheimer's. Sadly, most of them can no longer communicate their problems or ask for help. Comfort Keepers care providers know how to communicate with seniors suffering from this disease, and can help them through their journey with dignity.
Seniors with Alzheimer's are also more likely to end up in the hospital due to problems with their medication management. Not only do these seniors take more medications than most, but memory issues cause them to have greater difficulty with the management of their medications. For this reason, a key component of Comfort Keepers care is medication management.
In short, too many seniors with Alzheimer's disease end up in nursing homes or other institutional settings when they would have liked to remain the comfort, convenience, and familiarity of their own home. With Comfort Keepers in-home Alzheimer's care, your senior loved one does not need to be one of them. This year, make it your New Year's resolution to find out more and bless your senior loved one with the gift of freedom, independence, and dignity.
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