There are holidays and special occasions throughout the year. It could be Christmas or Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and much more. When an elderly family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it may be difficult to figure out what to get him or her.
Adult children, a spouse, friends, other family members, and even neighbors may want to do whatever they can to make a difference in this person’s life. They may bring them books, offer to take them out to visit certain places, and encourage them to do what they want while they still can.
One incredibly powerful gift that is often overlooked for an elderly family member who has been diagnosed with this or some other form of dementia is to rely on home care support services.
Why few families actually think about home care options.
Many families, adult children, siblings, spouses, and more, have a tendency to overlook the importance of home care aides because they assume whatever the senior needs they can provide for him or her directly.
Some family members feel like it’s their responsibility to do whatever they can to help. If they even consider the prospect of not helping out, especially if they live in the same town or within a short drive, they feel guilty.
How much experience doing this do these family members have?
Family members, friends, and others may not have much experience providing support for somebody with Alzheimer’s, but that rarely ever comes into consideration, at least not at first. These men and women simply assume their familial relationship is what matters most.
For somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, what happens in the early stages of the disease can have a tremendous impact on their life in the future. For example, some research indicates that mental stimulation early on for somebody diagnosed with any form of dementia could delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss in the future (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation). This, in no way, claims that the progression of Alzheimer’s can be stopped. There is no cure, but if there’s an opportunity to help somebody retain memory and maintain a higher quality of life for longer, wouldn’t that be something to explore?
Home care aides often work with other senior clients who have been dealing with this type of situation for years. They understand the best ways to offer support, guidance, and comfort.
That’s one of the best gifts a person dealing with this type of dementia could receive at any point in their life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Winter Haven, FL, contact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.
Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.
Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.
Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.
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