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What to Know about Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

Caregiver Estero FL

Caregiver Estero FLCaring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenging, stressful, and frustrating experience. On top of making sure they are getting everything they need and are attending all appointments on time, there are going to be some things that you were not prepared for. This includes behavior issues, possible wandering, and having trouble communicating with them.

With these tips, you will be able to overcome the obstacles that stand between you and the elder in order to provide them the help and love they are in need of.

• Become educated. All of the responsibilities that will now fall onto your shoulders can be extremely overwhelming. Prevent feeling stressed by learning as much as you can about Alzheimer’s disease. You can get all of the information you need by talking to the elder’s doctor and researching it online.

• Lower your expectations. You may have a routine created for the day, but that does not mean things are going to go as planned. Make sure to include some room in that schedule in order to allow for any additional rest time your loved one may need.

• Get help. If possible, ask other family members and/or friends to assist you with your caregiving responsibilities. This will take a huge load off of your shoulders, which will result in less stress and more time for you to focus on other things. Professional caregivers can also be hired to assist with these responsibilities in order to make sure your loved one gets the care they need.

Signs of Caregiver Stress

If you start feeling any of the following emotional ailments, talk to your doctor as soon as possible in order to find a solution that will help reduce your stress.

• Isolated. Becoming withdrawn from friends or family is a possibility when feeling stressed. You may also find no enjoyment in activities or hobbies you used to love.

• Anxiety. Constantly worrying about what the future holds for you and your elderly parent.

• Anger. Knowing that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease may cause you to feel angry. Or perhaps you will be angry because no one seems to know or understand what is going on with your loved one.

• Exhaustion. Do you feel overly tired, making it challenging to accomplish everyday tasks? Then you could be depressed.

• Unable to concentrate. Lack of focus disrupts your everyday life.

There is no reason you should have to feel these emotions. Make sure to take care of your health by regularly seeing a doctor, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and exercising in order to reduce the chances of developing caregiver stress.

Source: https://www.alzinfo.org/articles/im-caring-for-someone-with-alzheimers/

If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregiver Services in Estero FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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