The job of caregiving comes with a huge set of responsibilities – but caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s entails an entirely new set of obstacles.
As the disease progresses and their cognitive abilities decline, the unique needs of those with Alzheimer’s become larger and more difficult to meet. Because of the rigorous nature of it, you may find that caregiving becomes increasingly challenging – and that outside help is that much more pertinent.
CARE TAILORED TO INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
Different variables factor into the level of care an individual with Alzheimer’s may need. The progression of the disease, for example, might call for more thorough assistance. It also depends on the amount of time and care that you as the caregiver are able to provide.
Adult Day Center: These facilities provide daytime assistance, complete with meals, activities, and anything else an adult day center participant may require. If you simply need a few hours to yourself each day – to run errands, go to work, or catch up on other day-to-day tasks, a nearby center could be an ideal solution.
Home Care: Individuals with Alzheimer’s are generally more comfortable in their own spaces, making home care an attractive option for all involved. The levels of assistance offered by home care providers can range – from a few hours a day, to 24-hour care.
Nursing Care or Assisted Living: If your loved one gets to a point where they need more care and attention than you can provide, a nursing care or assisted living community might be the best path. Both of these options offer assistance with activities of daily living, and nursing care provides around-the-clock medical supervision as needed.
Memory Care: Often located in its own wing within a senior living community, memory care units cater to the specific needs of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Their staff is specially trained, and buildings incorporate extra security measures.
THE BENEFITS OF OUTSIDE HELP
These various forms of outside assistance will obviously benefit you as a caregiver; but, more importantly, they offer benefits to those living with Alzheimer’s as well.
First of all, these care options provide help from an individual specially trained in memory care. And, having a staff member available at all hours of the day increases personal safety and security – particularly for individuals prone to wandering. Most care options also give individuals a chance to socialize and engage with others; even with memory loss, socialization is proven to support brain health and reduce feelings of isolation.
All in all, this care can ensure that individuals with Alzheimer’s can have as much comfort and hospitality as they need.