Finding Support While Caring for a Senior with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Being a family caregiver for any elderly adult is challenging, but this can be particularly true if your aging loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms and challenges of Caregiver-in-TorontoAlzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia require that your parent receive extensive care and support, particularly as the disease progresses to the more advanced stages. This can be extremely difficult for you as a family caregiver and as their adult child, putting you under high levels of stress and making you vulnerable to potentially serious complications and issues, such as illness, fatigue, and mental health complications. Finding appropriate support during this time is critical to not only helping you stay at your best, but also ensuring that you are the highest quality caregiver you can be for your elderly parent throughout their progression.

 

Use these tips to help you find support while caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Rely on your partner. Your partner is your greatest source of support, love, and encouragement outside of your care routine, so they should be during this care routine as well. Talk to them about what you are going through and the type of support that you need. Do not just expect that they will know what you are dealing with or when you need extra support. They cannot know what you need or how to give it to you without you telling them.
  • Accept help. It is likely that you will encounter friends and family members who offer to help you with your care for your parent. It might be a specific offer for help, or just a suggestion that you let them know anytime that you might need some extra help. Be willing to accept this help. The needs of a person with Alzheimer’s disease are too extensive for one person to handle on their own and there is no shame in seeking out assistance in handling these tasks. This not only gives you more time and physical energy, but also gives you the opportunity to seek out more support and rely on the encouragement of those willing to help you to reduce your stress and improve your mental and emotional health and well-being.
  • Attend a support group. There are many support groups available for those who are caring for elderly adults dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. These groups provide you with a place to express your emotions, talk about what you are going through, and receive support and advice to get you through challenging times.

 

If you have been caring for an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and recognize that you are in need of additional assistance, or you want to be prepared for when your loved one progresses further into the disease, now is the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home care services provider can create a personalized approach to care, support, and assistance for your elderly loved one that is specifically designed to not only help them to handle the symptoms and issues that they are currently facing, but also the symptoms and challenges that will come as their disease progresses further. This means that your parent will feel more prepared and that you will feel more confident that even as they start to experience more advanced challenges and issues, they will have the care and support that they need to handle it effectively.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Toronto, contact the caring professionals at Staff Relief Health Care 24/7 at 905.709.1767.

 

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