It’s always hard to watch your mom or dad grow older and struggle with health issues. However, getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can feel like the end of the world. The truth is that you have many good years left with your aging parent, and it’s up to you to make the most of it. If you are assuming the role of family caregiver, there are several things to learn about taking care of them, as well as yourself, during the progression of the disease.
Why Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease Need Full-Time Care
Millions of seniors are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease each year. The disease progresses steadily but often slowly. It may be a couple of years before an aging adult needs full-time care, as the mild stages of the disease are not as devastating as the more moderate to severe phases. Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain cells, affecting memory, behavior and cognitive ability. After several years, however, aging adults will experience memory loss, confusion, mood swings and paranoia. The disease interferes with a senior’s ability to take care of themselves or their home fully.
Family Caregivers Can Easily Get Overwhelmed
Family caregivers devote a lot of time and energy in caring for an elderly mom or dad with Alzheimer’s disease. Because the aging adult cannot do much for themselves, the family caregiver is responsible for things like:
• Meal planning and preparation
• Light housekeeping
• Light laundry
• Pet care
• Medication reminders
• Entertainment and companionship
• Financial responsibilities
• Prevent wandering
• Calming seniors down when irritated or frightened
• Observing senior behavior and symptoms
• Reacting in an emergency
Family caregivers are going to run out of time and energy quickly if they try to take care of all those duties on their own with zero help. That’s why it’s so important for family caregivers to find someone dependable that can step in and provide care when they need some respite. That person may be an elderly care provider.
Hire Elderly Care Providers for Alzheimer’s Disease Care
To avoid the chronic stress and overwhelming responsibilities of full-time caregiving, family caregivers often turn to hiring experienced elderly care providers. These professionals know what it takes to keep aging adults with Alzheimer’s disease safe and comfortable. Elderly care providers can fill in whenever the family caregiver needs some time for themselves. The elderly care provider has the experience and the compassion to give the aging adult the best care possible, without compromising. Family caregivers can relax and focus on themselves, knowing their elderly parent with Alzheimer’s disease will always be comfortable and watched.
If your aging mom or dad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, don’t feel as if you have to walk that path of family caregiving alone. Tap into the many resources available to you and your loved one, including hiring elderly care providers.
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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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