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Starting the Conversation About Alzheimer’s Care with Loved Ones

Nov 30, 2017 by Mark McGoldrick

Understanding the in-home Alzheimer's care options for your loved one can make finding a solution easier

Alzheimer's care is not often discussed when it comes to talking about Alzheimer's disease. Often, the discussions are very vague and superficial because the condition makes people uncomfortable. This is because as of yet there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease and in today's world, that sort of perceived lack of control is very scary for anyone that has been taught that independence is the most highly valued asset anyone can have.

Right now, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. This, in effect, means that it is a degenerative disease and once your loved one has been diagnosed, they will continue to get progressively worse. Alzheimer's care will, therefore, focus on helping your loved one stay comfortable and calm. In home Alzheimer's care professionals will work with your loved one's medical team to find ways to supplement their medical care to help them feel less frustration. This can be done in a number of ways. Most Alzheimer's care usually involves memory exercises and helping your loved one relax by doing the things they love like listening to music, bird watching or gardening.

The important thing to keep in mind is that with proper Alzheimer's care, your loved one can stay at home for the remainder of their lives in spite of any challenges they face because of the condition. In home Alzheimer's care will also help them live in a dignified manner, which may be very important for your loved one when it comes to coping with their diagnosis.

The most common warning sign you may see in your loved one is memory loss. At the same time, they may be experiencing depression and exercising poor judgment. This is why as your loved one's disease advances, it may be a good idea to get them an in home caregiver as soon as possible. This will help keep your loved one safe and in control of their surroundings.

Of course, Alzheimer's care may be difficult to bring up with your loved one, particularly if they recently received the diagnosis. A good thing to do is to get other family members involved. That way, your loved one can know that they have the full support of all their loved ones.

Support is crucial during this difficult time. You know your loved one best. Provide them with what they need to feel as safe as possible considering the circumstances. It is now the time for you to advocate for them.

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