An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can leave family members with a lot of questions ranging from their loved one’s current needs to future abilities and what to expect. To ensure that your loved one enjoys the highest level of quality of care as the disease progresses, it’s important to understand the challenges that you will face as a caregiver.
Although the progression of the disease can differ from patient to patient, the following 4 challenges are commonly associated with Alzheimer’s home care.
- Misunderstanding Personality Changes – Changes in personality are among the toughest challenges that family members encounter. Hearing a loved one speak out of character, act out, or snap at a loved one can make it difficult for the caregiver to remain calm. It is important for caregivers to understand that it is the disease that causes a loved one with Alzheimer’s to act differently, and not anything the caregiver says or does. The more patient and understanding you are during these difficult times, the better your relationship will be with your loved one during each stage of the disease.
- Physical and Emotional Exhaustion – In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, patients are still able to meet many of their own needs, but it’s important to understand that your loved one will eventually require around-the-clock care. Family caregivers who fail to understand the time commitment of caregiving find themselves physically and emotionally exhausted, which can have a dramatic impact on the level of care provided to the senior. To maintain your own health and well-being and to ensure quality care for your loved one, investigate support systems such as in-home respite early on. Click here for more information about 24 hour live-in care in Naples.
- Isolation and Loneliness – Caring for a loved one 24/7 can leave you feeling alone and isolated. As the disease progresses, you’ll need to make an extra effort to retain your support system of family and friends. Joining a support group is a great option, offering you the opportunity to form new relationships with people who truly understand your situation. You can also pick up caregiving tips and receive advice specific to caring for Alzheimer’s.
- Financial Worries – The sooner that you put financial plans for dealing with the costs of care in place, the less of a strain the disease will put on your family budget. Most experts recommend contacting a lawyer at the onset of the disease to explore your financial options. Your family member’s medical team can also act as a source for helpful information.
For more information about Naples home care for seniors and older adults with Alzheimer’s, contact a Care Manager at 239-449-4701. We are available 24/7 and are more than happy to answer any of your questions about care services, schedules, caregivers and more.