Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease can be testing at times. It requires both patience and the ability to continuously adapt as the condition of your loved one changes.
Maintaining these traits is important, but it is also important to remember that you don’t have to do it on your own.
In the early stages, your first port of call is to tell friends and family about the changes taking place, educate them on the disease and how they can be supportive.
Your role will be a lot less daunting with support, however not knowing what the future has in store for your loved one is also quite difficult to cope with.
Start planning the future – don’t put it off until further down the track – because the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease is the best opportunity to allow your loved one to share his or her wishes for future decisions.
It’s important to have discussions now about topics that will have to be addressed later, which could involve getting legal, financial and care plans in place.
During the middle stages you may witness physical and verbal outbursts and wandering. So making your home safe, and understanding what behaviors are common during this stage are now a big priority.
Managing everyday activities like eating, bathing, dressing, and grooming will be a challenge because they may be embarrassed, or angry that they can’t do it on their own.
In later stages your loved one may have difficulty eating, need assistance walking, be vulnerable to infections, lose the ability to communicate with words and simply need constant care.
If your caring role is increasingly becoming harder for you to manage on you own, it may be time to consider full-time aged care.
For peace of mind, you need a facility where the care staff are dedicated to providing exceptional care, with some of the most innovative aged care therapies and services.
For the later stages particularly, it’s important that carers focus on preserving quality of life and dignity.
To learn more about Superior Care Group’s aged care facilities and Alzheimer’s Care, contact Wellington Park Private Care on 07 3207 4444 or Merrimac Park Private Care on 07 5618 1111.