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Why Long Distance Care Isn’t Ideal for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Philadelphia PA

Alzheimer's CareSome people may assume they can do a decent enough job helping to support a loved one as they get older. Some of those individuals may assume being a long-distance caregiver is fine, even for an aging parent or other loved one who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

That’s not a reasonable assumption. In fact, it could actually be a dangerous one.

When somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, they will experience a wide range of symptoms as the years progress. At first, it may seem reasonable enough that a phone call every day is ample to provide support that senior needs.

That family member who may live on the other side of the country could call and check in with this senior. They can ask them, “Did you take your medication?” They could remind them when it’s time to take certain medications. They can check to make sure they’re not having trouble with anything in particular at that very moment.

Some long-distance caregivers assume they can call a neighbor or close friend in the event their loved one needs physical support or assistance. “Can you just swing over there and check in on them?” The long-distance caregiver may say. “Haven’t been able to get a hold of him, and I just want to make sure he’s safe.”

Imagine the stress and anxiety that will develop over time, not just on the long-distance caregiver when he or she can’t get a hold of their elderly loved one, but those friends and neighbors who are constantly being called to provide support and assistance. They didn’t sign up for this. They may be more than willing to help out, but they have a life and other responsibilities as well. They simply can’t be there all the time to offer the support the senior needs.

What about the elderly individual who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? As their memories become more fleeting, they could try cooking something, walk away, and completely forget the stove is on. They could head outside thinking they need to let their dog in, but the dog doesn’t answer. They leave the house to go search for their dog, not realizing they haven’t had a dog and more than 20 or 30 years.

Being a long-distance caregiver may seem reasonable in some specific situations, but not when a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They deserve direct care and assistance, and it’s best to get started with professional, experienced care as soon as possible.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home senior care in Philadelphia, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. 215-882-8234.

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Renato Amorim

President & Co-Owner at Assisting Hands Home Care
Renato Amorim, president of Assisting Hands Home Care operations in Philadelphia and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has worked for the past twenty years in government and international business, where he had the opportunity to carry out investment and business-development projects in all continents. He has managed teams of professionals spread over several countries in pharmaceutical and mining multinational companies.

Prior to joining Assisting Hands, Renato headed Merck’s public policy and corporate responsibility team in Latin America. In 2007, the World Economic Forum granted him the Young Global Leader award, as a recognition for his work on international trade advocacy.

After a series of family health challenges, including severe cases of cancer and dementia, Renato decided to shift his career toward more direct, personal and closer involvement with home- and family-health needs. In the Assisting Hands franchise system, he found the right balance between professional fulfillment and the delivery of compassionate services to the community.