Are you a home health care company that offers trained support for family members caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia? Yes. Working over the last 31+ years with families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, we have found success in this area of care giving requires one of the most team focused efforts. As a result, we have specially trained staff equipped with a variety of helpful resources to support family members with the care of their Love One with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the more difficult diseases for a family to provide care for, because it is very challenging to accept as a reality in one’s life. Until the family member can accept that their love one has this disease, they will often experience unintended results from their sincere care giving efforts.
We have found getting to the acceptance of this disease often depends upon one’s own coping skills in dealing with grief and loss. A key factor that helps in accepting the reality of Alzheimer’s disease is an understanding of it. Many families have gained a good understanding through self education, and by talking with others that have already lived and cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
Support groups focused on caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease are a great way to meet others that can give valuable information for understanding and coping with Alzheimer’s disease. Your local Alzheimer’s Association is a great place to call and locate a local Alzheimer’s support group in your area. The Alzheimer’s Association is also a great place to get educational material on Alzheimer’s disease, and even attend some very helpful classes on Alzheimer’s disease (most are free).
Once you get past acceptance, then we have found the key to successful care giving for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is setting healthy limits. If you don’t take good care of yourself, then you won’t be much help to anyone else after too long. I often get asked what is the single most important thing one can do to care for their love one, and I say get a good night sleep. Taking quality time for yourself, and setting healthy limits for yourself, are key issues I see almost all admirable care givers struggle with. Family care givers that don’t cope with these issues effectively often go down the path of guilt, resentment, anger and some even reach a state of depression.