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Alzheimer’s Care in Lighthouse Point FL

When Aaron was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, no one in his family really understood what to expect. It wasn’t exactly a complete surprise as his adult children and wife had been talking about his memory and concerns they had for quite some time.

Alzheimer's Care in Lighthouse Point FL

Alzheimer’s Care in Lighthouse Point FL

After the diagnosis, Aaron was adamant he would be able to take care of himself, at least for a long time. He wasn’t interested in hiring help or leaning on his adult children or friends in the area too much. He figured he could take care of things just fine, at least for a while.

As the years progressed, his wife began wearing out. She was getting tired, frustrated, and felt emotionally beaten down, not necessarily because of the memory loss, but due to some of the other side effects of the disease. Aaron was beginning to be more physically and verbally aggressive at times. He was saying hurtful things that were difficult to ignore, even though his doctor told the rest of his family what could happen in the years ahead.

That’s when his adult son stepped in to provide support. He lived in the same town and even though he had no prior experience working with people with Alzheimer’s, he felt he would be able to do it well enough. The challenges were extreme, and one thing that he struggled with was balancing the need for privacy with the need for keeping his father safe.

When it came to prescription medications, Aaron had been taking them on his own ever since the diagnosis. However, Aaron’s son began to notice his father seemed to be more forgetful and was having a difficult time keeping track of which medication was for what time or day. He wasn’t quite sure what he should do, mostly because he understood there were strict regulations with regard to administering medications.

October is American Pharmacists Month and when someone has memory related issues, reminders about when it’s time to take a certain medication can be beneficial. However, even family members who may have their loved one’s best interest at heart are most often not permitted to administer medications directly.

There are plenty of reasons for this, not the least of which is potential liability. Imagine Aaron’s son handing him a pill thinking it was the right one, but being completely wrong.

What’s the solution in this type of situation? Relying on home care support, namely a visiting nurse who would be authorized to administer medications, to be there every day to help avoid a lot of issues and offer the kind of support Aaron needed moving forward.

If you or a family member are in need of Alzheimer’s Care in Lighthouse Point, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

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Liza Erazo

Administrator at Star Multi Care Florida
Liza Erazo has recently joined the Star Multi Care team as Administrator of the Florida branch.She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and transferred to Florida in 1996 to continue her healthcare career culminating a 10-year track in the cut-throat, New York Business Development market.

She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.

Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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