Alzheimer’s Care in Lake Park FL
It was about three years ago when your elderly mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. At the time, your father stepped up to take care of her. You and your spouse, children, and others did what you could to assist, but you live more than an hour away and it simply wasn’t practical to stop by on a daily basis.
Your father passed away last year and you’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time driving back and forth to look after your mother. You know the disease is beginning to take its toll. Her memory is beginning to severely impact daily life and her safety.
You’ve talked it over with your family and the best decision you could all come up with was having her move in with you. Before you commit to that, though, consider these three things first. What you may not have realized is that even if she moves in with you, a home care aide would be a much better asset for her and everyone in your family.
Consideration #1: What stage of Alzheimer’s is she at?
If she was diagnosed three years ago, she may be at the tail end of the first stage or just beginning the second stage. Alzheimer’s can progress at different rates for various people, but if she has been dealing with this disease for several years, memory loss is seriously impacting her ability to take care of herself.
This means even if she moves in with you she may require care early in the morning, in the middle of the afternoon, in the evening, and during the overnight hours. That could simply be too much for any one or two people to handle.
Consideration #2: Will she be comfortable?
People with Alzheimer’s are dealing with tremendous memory loss and other challenges. If your mother has been living in the same house for decades, she’s much more likely to remain comfortable there moving forward.
If she’s in an unfamiliar place, such as your house, it could lead to unnecessary anxiety, stress, and even physical and verbal outbursts.
Consideration #3: Will you be able to offer proper care?
You may be doing a decent enough job now, but if she’s there with you all the time, around-the-clock, will you be able to provide the right level of care? Will you get too frustrated? Will you feel like there’s no break and nothing you can do to help you feel better?
Sometimes the solutions we don’t want to think about, such as hiring a home care aide, are simply the best, especially for those dealing with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.
If You Or An Aging Loved One Are Considering Hiring Alzheimer’s Care in Lake Park, FL, Please Contact The Caring Staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at 561-829-3080 Today.
Marina gained first-hand understanding of the difficulties of taking care of an aging parent when her mother passed away and she and her sisters became the primary caregivers of their father, who had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and after several difficult years eventually succumbed to the ravages of this disease. At the same time, she saw her mother in law struggling for many years to take care of her husband, who suffered from Parkinson’s. These heartfelt experiences made her realize the need for quality in home care for the elderly and moved her to create Assisting Hands Palm Beach.
Fluent in both Spanish and English, Marina has a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and enjoys reading, gardening, travelling and sharing the simple joys of life her husband and teenage daughter.
The guiding mission for Assisting Hands, a commitment to quality home care and excellent customer service, combined with empathy and passion, allows us to provide “Quality Home Care You Can Trust!”
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