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Dementia Among a Family Member Is Going to Cause a Number of Other Challenges, Even for Those Who Aren’t a Direct Support System

When a person in the family has been diagnosed with dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s, it’s easy to fall into this notion that the only one who will face challenges is that senior. While any form of dementia is going to produce a number of issues, Alzheimer’s is the one that most people immediately associate with it.

Alzheimer's Care in Allentown PA: Challenges for Family Members

Alzheimer’s Care in Allentown PA: Challenges for Family Members

Currently, there are an estimated 5.6 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Association). The vast majority of these men and women do their best to support themselves during the first months and years after diagnosis, but eventually they will require more and more supervision, support, and direct care.

This is where the challenges extend to their support system.

It might be a spouse. This couple may have been married for more than 40 or 50 years. The husband or wife is going to be adamant about being there for the love of their life. That’s okay, but they need to be realistic about their own limitations, physical challenges, and health issues. As people get older, it becomes much more difficult to perform even the most basic tasks.

They might turn to other family and friends in the area.

That spouse or direct family support system might reach out to close family and friends who don’t live too far away for help, at least every once in a while at first. As the disease progresses, though, memory loss will become much more significant, the ability to perform basic tasks becomes more complicated, and safety can be a serious concern.

That’s going to place more and more pressure on not only these relationships, but also on the primary family caregiver who just wants this person to be safe.

As this family support system becomes overwhelmed, they might not know where to turn.

The best place to turn is to experienced home care aides. Visiting nurses may be necessary to deal with a number of challenges, at least medically related, but home care aides are the best resource for assistance with many tasks of everyday living. Helping this person get out of bed, take a shower, get dressed, prepare meals, stay active, go out for walks, and much more will all help to alleviate the pressure and challenges that essentially fall upon the primary family support system.

Shortly after diagnosis, some of the challenges a senior with dementia faces may seem minor, at least in comparison to what will happen in the years ahead, but that is when home care should be considered. Not only is that senior more lucid and able to help make valuable decisions about their care at the moment and in the future, but the earlier they start working with an experienced and qualified aide, the easier it becomes to grow comfortable with them and that could be essential at limiting the challenges, frustration, and anxiety as the disease progresses.

If you are considering Alzheimer’s care in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.

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Carole Chiego

Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager.

Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.

Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author

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