Caring for a senior parent with Alzheimer’s can be very difficult for family members. It can help your senior loved one to stay at home in familiar surroundings where they have a lot of memories. But it can also make it difficult for you to keep them safe and make sure that they aren’t going to hurt themselves or wander away from home. Alzheimer’s care at home can support family caregivers as well as your senior parent.
By providing specialized care at home for people with Alzheimer’s care providers also help family caregivers by:
Providing Peace Of Mind
When your senior loved one with Alzheimer’s is living at home it’s normal to worry about them. Sometimes it may feel like whether you are with them or away from them, you are consumed with worry. When a trained and experienced caregiver who knows how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s is caring for your aging parent you can relax. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your senior loved one left the stove on, flooded the bathroom, or slipped and fell, or turned the air conditioning on instead of the heater. You can trust that your senior loved one is physically safe and not in any danger even though you can’t be there with them.
Providing Emotional Support
There are a lot of doubts that come with caring for a senior parent with Alzheimer’s. You may wonder if you are caring for them the best possible way or if you are doing everything you can do to support them. You may wonder if there are more things you could do to help slow the progression of the disease. And you may struggle with the grief, feelings of sadness, and feelings of hopelessness that can happen as your parent develops new symptoms of Alzheimer’s. A caregiver who knows Alzheimer’s and how it impacts families, as well as seniors, can provide emotional support for family members who are struggling.
Providing New Ideas And Suggestions
One of the benefits of Alzheimer’s care at home is working with a trained care provider who specializes in Alzheimer’s care. The care provider can help family members by making suggestions that will improve communication, help you redirect your senior parent, and help you more effectively care for your senior parent. For example, an Alzheimer’s care provider can suggest techniques to deal with situations like your senior parent not realizing their spouse passed away and needing to be told repeatedly of their loss.
Providing A Break
Respite care is essential for family caregivers. But it’s hard to leave your aging parent with Alzheimer’s in the care of someone else. Most family caregivers feel like they know their parents best so they should be there to provide care around the clock. But you need a break too. You have to take care of your own needs and your family’s needs. Alzheimer’s care at home that you can trust frees you to take the break you need for your own mental and physical health.