An Alzheimer’s Patient Caregiver – For a loved One
A caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient often does not realize the emotional and physical strain it will be on their own health in general. When someone first is told their loved one has this disease, it is quite a shock for them and the whole family.
As the patient loses normal functions one after another, the caregiver gradually loses endurance, the ability to solve problems and adaptability. During this long, difficult period, communication lessons and fulfilling consequences are no more. This is when the caregiver needs strong support from family members in particular, and also from doctors and friends. It is especially difficult for a caregiver of a terminally ill loved one to face it all alone and they need help and support in order to keep their health stable – both physically and mentally.
Help is Available – Alzheimer’s Care Facilities and Senior Living Homes
As the Alzheimer’s patient’s cognition and physical capacities gradually become more fragile, the caregiver’s work becomes more complicated and more emotionally charged. This may be a time when an Alzheimer’s care facility should be discussed with the entire family. One member of the family should be chosen to act as a chairman. Each member of the family needs to be present to state their feelings about having their loved one in an Alzheimer’s care facility. Alzheimer’s care at home is possible, but could be too much emotional stress and physical work at this stage of the disease.
There are many senior living homes scattered across the United States; possibly one or more in your vicinity depending on the size of the city where you live, or live near. Most of these senior living homes also offer assisted living for their tenants as they age, or have an illness such Alzheimer’s or dementia. These clients are unable to take care of their living area and may also need medical care. These facilities are usually quite costly, but most of them are willing to sit down with prospective clients and discuss how payments can be made. They will take the client’s current assets into consideration and any other possible issues the client may not have thought of.
These homes are a good selection, since the loved one can usually have a family member living with them in their apartment, making them feel more at home and happier.
Alzheimer’s Care in a Hospice Facility
When your loved one reaches the end-stage of life, you may have them placed in a hospice care facility, or hospice care can be provided in the home by a hospice team. The aim of the caregivers at this point is to keep the patient comfortable and free of pain. They also provide passionate emotional care and grief counseling for the caregivers. Many patients prefer to be in their home with loved ones and familiar surroundings nearby.
If the patient’s last wishes have not been discussed with the family before this stage, a family member may remember what the patient had talked about earlier or can check for written desires and wishes that were set down. The entire family should be a part of this discussion so there are no surprises about how the patient’s wishes are carried out.