When you’re taking care of a senior parent with Alzheimer’s you can feel a little lost. It’s hard to know how to take care of a parent with Alzheimer’s. It’s especially hard when you don’t have a lot of training or experience taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s. Since Alzheimer’s affects each senior in a unique way family caregivers sometimes feel like they’re always behind the curve trying to keep up with what their senior parent needs. Hiring home care providers with experience with Alzheimer’s clients would also be helpful.
Here are some of the things that you and home care aides should be doing for your senior parent with Alzheimer’s are:
Get Alzheimer’s Care
Alzheimer’s care from trained home care providers is specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s who are aging at home. It’s care provided by caregivers who have been trained in caring for people with Alzheimer’s so they know things that family caregivers don’t. You can get help, support, and a lot of great information from a home care provider that comes to your senior parent’s home. You can also take a much-needed break and take some time to do the things that you don’t usually have time to do like get a haircut, take a nap, or go shopping.
Keep Trying New Things
There are a lot of really great ways that caregivers can address the unique challenges that seniors with Alzheimer’s have. Unfortunately, you may have to try dozens of them to find one that works for a senior parent. Alzheimer’s affects each person in unique ways so what worked really well for a friend’s senior parent with Alzheimer’s may not work at all for your senior parent. But you can’t give up. You need to keep trying until you find what works and what can keep your senior loved one connected to the world for as long as possible.
Make Every Moment Count
As Alzheimer’s progresses you will notice that your senior parent is really living in the present moment only with no short-term memory of what has just happened. They may not even remember five minutes ago. That’s hard to deal with for a caregiver. But what you should focus on is making every moment special and making every moment count. When you get frustrated or tired or you feel like you’re just stretched too thin take a breath and remember to be in the moment with your senior parent. Those moments are what you will remember even if they won’t.
Don’t Give Up
Being a caregiver for a senior parent with Alzheimer’s may be one of the hardest things that you ever do. But it’s also going to be one of the things you’ll never regret. When it gets hard, and it will, reach out for help. Get home care so you can take a break. Join a support group where you can connect with other family caregivers. Talk to a therapist. But don’t give up. The journey is hard, but it’s going to be worth it. You can’t put a price on the time that you will get to spend with your senior parent.
If you or a family member need to hire Home Care Services in Margate FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Margate, Pompano Beach, and Tamarac.
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