It’s Okay to Ask for Help Caring For A Loved One With Dementia or Alzheimers Disease
Being a caregiver for someone you love is a pure expression of your devotion to them. Your connection to them helps to create a feeling of safety and security. And you do put everything you have into assuring that they are well cared for and loved. But, you must be careful not to become overwhelmed. Many people are caring for their aging parents, while at the same time working a full-time job, raising a family and attempting to have healthy, happy relationships. It’s not selfish to pursue your own interests; in fact, it’s healthy and necessary. To do so, however, and to assure that your loved one still receives the care they deserve, you need help. A home care provider will lighten your load and give you peace of mind.
You’re Only One Who Cares for Your Senior
Many people like to think they’re superhuman, that they can do everything at once and without help. The reality is that you can only do one task at a time well. When you try to multi-task, you end up missing things here and there, and nothing works out as perfectly as you’d like. You’re a mere human, and there is only so much you can handle at a time. Don’t be afraid to ask someone else to step in and help out with anything if you’re having trouble keeping up with all. That may be as simple as asking the kids to clean the house, or your aunt to sit with Mom a while you manage something else.
Find Some Support for Dementia or Alzheimers Disease
There are many emotional ups and downs when it comes to caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Some days are fantastic, happy, and bright; others are frustrating, difficult, and sad. It can be hard to express your feelings, especially to those who don’t understand what you’re dealing with. Find a local Alzheimer’s support group that holds meetings, or go online and join a forum or group for caregivers and loved ones of those who suffer from the disease. The point is to find someone you can talk to about how you feel and with whom to share ideas. It will help you, and perhaps them as well.
You are wholly committed to providing your relative with the best care, and that means giving yourself a break. A home care provider is an excellent option that assures your loved one receives one-on-one attention, that someone will attend to their needs, and that they’ll be safe and protected. Home care aides are highly trained to provide personal care, and they have experience in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Whether it’s for a few hours a week or every weekday, you can count on someone being there, and you can rest assured that all is well with your loved one.
Choose Assisted Living
As we age, our physical and cognitive abilities change. Adjusting to compensate for these changes can often lead to us doing less than we’d like. That doesn’t have to happen.
At Baxter Senior Living, our job is to learn what you want to do and then help you keep doing it. Each resident will have a personal care plan tailored to their individual needs. Based on those plans, we will deliver the support needed to enable you to live as fully an independently as possible.
Assisted living communities are not nursing homes. We are not a medical facility, and we cannot provide 24-hour nursing services and supervision. We can provide intermittent nursing services, housing, food service, and offer assistance with activities of daily living such as:
Assistance walking, eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, and transferring between a bed and a chair.
In addition to that, assisted living residents may have assistance with medications, daily wellness checks, laundry and housekeeping services, management of diabetes and many chronic medical conditions.
An active social calendar for activities, outings, and transportation to doctor appointments are also included.
Caring for an elderly friend, relative, or spouse isn’t easy, in fact, it can be challenging and exhausting. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and you don’t have to carry the entire weight of the world on your shoulders. It’s okay to ask for and accept help from a professional. When you do, you’ll ensure your loved one receives the care they need and deserve while still maintaining your own life.
Please call or email us today to learn more, or to ask specific questions about what kind of medical and health care services may be provided at Baxter Senior Living.