Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be extremely difficult, not only for the person suffering from the disease, but also for their loved ones. There are many questions that accompany an Alzheimer’s diagnosis including: concerns about the progression of the illness, effects on physical and mental wellbeing, issues surrounding the patient’s long-term independence and living situation, and the type of care that will be appropriate at each stage of the disease. While it can be overwhelming to know that someone you love is suffering from a degenerative disease that will impact their ability to remember things, communicate with others, and live independently, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t have to face the challenges of Alzheimer’s care alone.
When deciding what kind of care is best for your loved one, there are several factors to consider. The type of care they need is heavily dependent on their abilities: can they still bathe, dress, and eat unassisted, or do they struggle with basic activities of daily living? How much time do you have to devote to their care? Will they remain at home, or does their condition require the type of round-the-clock skilled care that is provided in residential facilities? The wishes of your loved one should also be taken into consideration as much as possible. Once you’ve evaluated the needs, you can begin to decide what kind of care is best.
For those who are able to remain at home and enjoy the comfort of familiar surroundings, a personal caregiver can provide the kind of assistance that will help your loved one to stay in their home for as long as possible. A personal caregiver can provide the kind of compassionate assistance that will help to maintain your loved one’s health, happiness, and quality of life. Examples of personal caregiver duties: preparing meals, doing laundry, household chores, run errands, go grocery shopping, provide transportation, and assistance with bathing, toileting, dressing, and eating. Personal caregivers are usually not trained to provide medical care. If your loved one requires medical attention, you should consider an in-home medical professional. can provide the kind of compassionate assistance that will help to maintain your loved one’s health, happiness, and quality of life.
Edison Home Health Care is happy to provide home health care for you or any loved one. Give us a call at 888-311-1142, or fill out a contact form and we will respond shortly.