We understand the fact that caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients is very hard and challenging. The patient is always likely to get worse over time with need for more care and attention. The care will then turn to a 24 hour responsibility that places a huge burden on the person taking care of the patient. Trying to manage alone this responsibility can result in more complex problems in not only the patient but also on the caregiver. Therefore, never try to do this on your own no matter how much you may feel you want to do it.
With Alzheimer’s just like any other incurable condition, it is wise to involve family members, friends, and neighbors. By sharing with other the responsibility you will be able to give enough care and avoid damaging your own health in the process. Try to explain to your friends and family about the condition. You can even look out for some special and information leaflets about Alzheimer’s and to get these you can visit your local social work department or any other organization that can help. Remember that you deserve all the help these organizations have to offer and thus there is no need to fear or be ashamed about it.
Seeking Health Services
Once you suspect that your family member is suffering from Alzheimer’s it should be your priority to seek a doctor and that is why we are here for you. Ensure the person suffering from the condition gets proper diagnosis since this very important. You can ask for referrals if you do not know who to visit. Once you have chosen and visited the doctor, ensure you are honest with them. Explain to the doctor about any changes in behavior or personality. Never try to conceal any information from the doctor.
Besides diagnosis and treatments of Alzheimer’s, health professionals such as us will also offer some additional benefits such as;
- Help patients get assistance from community mental health or psychiatric nurses who will help them by giving practical help and advice on the state of the mind. They help caregivers understand ways of managing difficult behavior.
- Help link with community nurses who can provide home care
- Also link patients with health visitors who give invaluable advice on general health
- Provide psychotherapy and referrals for the same that will help the patient with mobility, help them to be independent, and avoid falls.
- You also get to know which day hospitals to rely on for medical evaluation, rehabilitation, and therapy.
- Provision of respite care information
Social services are normally free of charge in most states but it is good to research first before making any conclusions. In some states caregivers are also given free assessment. Here are some benefits with social services;
- With home care services the patient gets personal care
- The home support specialist comes and spends some time with the patient thus give a break to the caregiver.
- With day centers the Alzheimer’s patient gets some activities that tailored towards helping them. They get to socialize with others and enjoy themselves.
- You may also get respite care, laundry services, and meals.
Alzheimer’s patients usually find it challenging in making sound decisions especially where money is concerned. We help clients understand all legal aspects regarding money with respect to people suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. We give confidential information to both the caregivers and the patient and advice them where to seek further clarification and guidance.