For many family caregivers, one of the most intimidating thoughts that they encounter is the possibility that their aging loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. The thought that your parent is facing this progressive condition can be extremely upsetting and leave you feeling as though you are not prepared to handle the challenges that can come with this type of diagnosis. You know that your parent’s needs will change and increase throughout the progression and that they will need more assistance as time passes. It is likely that you have heard the recommendation of how valuable hiring home care can be for a senior who is living with Alzheimer’s. Finding out that your parent is living with this condition can leave you wondering just how soon you should consider this type of care for them and if they will need care immediately after they receive their diagnosis.
The truth is that Alzheimer’s is an extremely personal journey and that every person who lives with it will experience it their own way. This means that the timing of the care that they receive should be based on their needs, goals, and how they are living with the condition. In nearly all situations, however, starting care early in their journey can be a tremendously beneficial choice.
Even though most people live with Alzheimer’s for years before they receive their diagnosis and may even have only minor symptoms when they receive their diagnosis, the beginning of a care journey with a senior living with dementia is very important. This is when you establish the tone of your care, start setting routines, and getting them accustomed to the idea of receiving care. If your parent has recently received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, talk to them about the possibility of hiring an in-home senior care provider to help them throughout their progression. Make this a decision that you make together to help them feel more in control and prepared for the experience ahead.
If your elderly loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, or their challenges have reached a point that they are too extensive for you to feel that you can handle them confidently, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be there with your elderly parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they receive the care, support, assistance, and other services that they need while also keeping you at the forefront of their care. This can mean helping them to manage their personal care tasks, providing safe and reliable transportation, providing meaningful reminders to help them stay compliant with their medications and treatment, and support a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible as they progress through their condition. As a family caregiver this can be tremendously reassuring and help you to feel confident knowing that your parent is getting everything that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Dallas, TX, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Preston Hollow today at (214) 420-1212.
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