With so many articles out there professing the benefits of home care support for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can sometimes have the effect of encouraging family to simply step back. That’s not the best situation, either. Finding a balance between the two is one of the best environments for a person who has been diagnosed with this or any other form of dementia.
Why professional care matters.
Hiring an experienced home care aide can be a valuable asset because many of these aides have direct experience supporting other elderly clients who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This level of experience can provide them a great deal of insight into behaviors, expectations, how the disease progresses, and even how to offset certain personality issues, aggressive tendencies, or other challenges family may feel powerless to contend with.
Why family support is essential, too.
If a spouse, adult child, or other family members simply step back and away when an experienced home care aide is hired, that can lead to a number of problems. The senior, during his or her lucid moments, may wonder why there is such a distance emotionally from their loved ones. They will also begin to feel some type of significant change has occurred, even if they can’t rationalize it in their mind.
Also, every home care aide is limited in their ability to support clients on a personal and emotional level by the information they receive. If a person with advanced Alzheimer’s is unable to communicate effectively their desires, their past history, things they enjoy, what helps to soothe them and calm them down, what gets them agitated, and so on, then they will have to learn these things the hard way, and that is going to create a lot of tension and anxiety for both the caregiver and senior dealing with this disease.
The best complement is a working relationship between the two.
Hiring home care support can be one of the best decisions a senior with Alzheimer’s or his or her family makes for their future. Not only can this provide a great deal of comfort, it can also help a prospective family caregiver, which can include a spouse, from becoming overwhelmed with stress and anxiety looking after this loved one.
When family remains involved, they create the absolute best support system for the senior, no matter how long ago he or she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
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A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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