A significant decline in mental faculties could be the result of a physical change in the brain. This is known as dementia. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, destroys brain cells and causes severe memory loss. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Sadly, the patient is never the only one to suffer. Dementia care can take a tremendous toll on your own physical and emotional well-being.
Not long ago, when an aging parent was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it was almost like the end of the world. It was certainly the end of the world as it was until that point.
It meant that one of two things had to happen:
The parent would have to move in with one of the children or the parent would go to a nursing home or hospital. Today, there is another choice; in-home senior care. While it’s true that life will never be the same after someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a senior care agency that provides in home services can help make life as normal as possible. Many of these agencies can customize a plan tailored around the exact needs of the Alzheimer’s patient. This may include one or more of the following services:
Helping to dress and groom the patient
Helping the client communicate with friends and loved ones
Planning healthy meals to improve eating habits
Making sure the patient is taking their doctor prescribed medications
Implementing safety measures at the home to prevent the patient from driving or wandering away
Providing customized care depending on the family needs-from a couple hours a week up to round the clock care
A live in care agency can be an invaluable resource for making sure that the Alzheimer’s patient is well taken care of. You can use them for temporary relief or respite care, employ a health care professional 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or something in-between. Whatever the needs of the Alzheimer’s patient and their family, in-home elder care agencies are there to provide affordable help and assistance.
Memory loss that is severe enough to disrupt daily life is not a normal part of aging. It may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, please talk to your doctor. While memory loss is common with seniors, it is does not happen in all (or even most) cases. Most people can cite examples of elderly loved ones they know who are in their late 80s or even into their 90s and still have vivid memories going all the way back to their childhood.
Senior Helpers Alzheimer’s Care and Dementia Care Toms River. Our Moorestown Personal Live in Care professionals will create a customized care plan that will change with the evolving needs of your loved one