Having experience is something that means not just reading about certain aspects and facts and figures but also putting that knowledge to work. When it comes to supporting somebody, providing the right care for them, when they have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the more experience a caregiver has, the more likely they will provide the level of comfort and even safety the senior deserves.
Experienced home care aides want family members and friends of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to be the best support they can be. In many situations, though, nothing beats hiring a home care aide, even if it’s just for a couple of hours once or twice a week.
Here are a few tips that home care aides may want family caregivers and others to know about this disease that can help them provide the optimal level of care to keep them safe and maintain a higher quality of life.
Tip #1: Respect the senior.
There are going to be times, maybe even numerous times, when the senior is ornery, agitated, frustrated, or angry. They may even have verbal and physical outbursts that are completely uncharacteristic.
No matter what happens, whoever is providing care and support to that senior needs to respect him or her. They also need to provide them the respect they deserve to decide what happens in their future. More seniors prefer to remain at home, even if they have difficulties maintaining their own care needs, and for that it’s important to discuss home care options.
Tip #2: Understand what they’re dealing with.
It’s not going to be easy for somebody to know precisely what Alzheimer’s feels like. Yet, for a spouse, adult children, siblings, and other family members, the more they research this disease and what the various stages can look like, the more they will be prepared for what could happen in the future.
Tip #3: Talk to the senior and listen.
Keeping open lines of communication is absolutely crucial to maintaining quality care for anyone, whether they are dealing with some form of dementia or not. Talking is one thing, but listening is also just as important, if not more so.
The senior may give clues about what they’re dealing with or things they want or prefer, but if the family member doesn’t listen to them, they could miss that completely and that can cause frustration in the future.
Tip #4: Realize the value of experience.
As noted earlier, experience is important when supporting somebody with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia. Even though a spouse or adult child is fully capable and willing to provide care and support, there is no substitute for experienced caregivers when it comes to Alzheimer’s.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home Alzheimer’s care in Old City, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. (215) 882-8234.
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.
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