Help is available! We are incredibly fortunate in this country to have many care options.
We have a choice of Consultants who will advise us, or, if we wish, even help us navigate the entire process of setting things up for our loved one going forward. There are numerous Day Programs filled with a variety of activities specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. There are also Companions, Helpers & Live-Ins we can hire to meet the current and changing needs of our loved one. We also have different types of Care Facilities to choose from, including Retirement Homes, Assisted Living and Long-Term Care Facilities. One way or another there is a solution available to you and your loved one’s unique situation, that will help.
We can use any one or a combination of these services. It makes an enormous difference to us, as caregivers, as well as to the lives of our loved one, when we have help. It can be a large undertaking trying to do everything yourself, and it’s neither necessary nor recommended. The more helping hands you have on your team looking after and spending time with your loved one, the better it is for you. And the more social and physical activities and interaction your loved one has, the happier and more content they tend to be. The ongoing mental and physical stimulation usually engages them and can help them have a positive outlook, giving them things to look forward to all the time. It, also, can often help them maintain a sense of normalcy with the familiarity to the active and social lives they lived.
• In our experience, we found that invariably one person, usually a family member, becomes the advocate to oversee the overall care for their loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. It is easier for any professionals you are dealing with, (doctors, administrators at the care facilities, etc.) to have just one person per family to communicate with.