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Taking Care of Someone with Alzheimer’s
Thursday, October 09, 2008
My husband who has been having memory problems for some time now has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I plan on taking care of him at home for as long as I can.
Do you have any helpful advice for me?
Taking care of someone with
Alzheimer’s can be a demanding task that requires lots of time and
energy. Even if you are in good health, it can be difficult, especially
as the disease progresses. Many caregivers suffer health problems as a
result of the extra demands placed on them.
Listen to your body as it will tell you when you are working
too hard or feeling too much stress. If you begin to feel on edge, get
upset or angry more easily than before or even get more colds than
usual, it could be caregiver stress.
You will need a plan of care for the future
that will meet your needs and that of your husband. An eldercare
consultant has the ability to help you through the healthcare maze,
connect you to community resources and support groups, they are able to
assist with your care planning.
There may come a time when the disease progresses to the
point where you can no longer provide appropriate care in your home.
Your husband may need to move into an assisted living home or a long
term care home that specializes in caring for individuals with
Alzheimer’s. There are no rules to say when this may happen, but it is
important to recognize that doing so may be for the best.
As your husband’s primary caregiver, you should not view such
a move as a sign of failure but rather as a stage in the overall
progression of the disease.