Dealing with your loved one who has developed Dementia is not easy. You do have a life of your own where you must provide for your family, run errands, take care of your children, but also take care of your loved ones struggling with such a debilitating condition. You feel your life has turned upside down, and you feel incapable of managing even the routine tasks in your life. You feel that the time you have is never enough, and you cannot fully concentrate on anything anymore…maybe it is time to bring back the balance and calmness in everyone’s life by hiring specialized help.
You should definitely look for an in-home caregiver who can help your loved one with activities of day living. This would help you get more time to focus on your life responsibilities, while never giving up on your loved one. The fact that you hire someone to take care of your elderly parent for a few hours a day doesn’t mean that you are putting the responsibly into the hands of a stranger. It simply means that your loved one is looked after properly and professionally, while you will bring back a healthy balance in your family environment.
How can a home caregiver help your elderly loved one?
A caregiver is a highly skilled and experienced professional who will ensure to provide your elderly loved one with all the assistance he/she needs. Some patients require assistance with minor tasks such as paying the bills or preparing the snacks and meals. Others might need more help such as walking around/getting transferred to and from medical appointments or social outings, but also help with getting dressed, taking a bath or eating.
The degree of help required highly depends on the stage of Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Patients with advanced stages of the disease will need particularly more attention, as they might struggle with triggers of wandering, and they can also struggle with complex memory loss issues. In such cases, they are not able to remember taking their medication in time for example, and then a caregiver is there to offer assistance. Also, the caregiver will ensure the patient is not left alone at all, so that he/she will not be able to start wandering and get lost.
Help for the family members
The caregiver also plays a key role in the communication and encouragement process of the family members during such difficult times. The family members need assurance their loved one is doing well and that he is cared for properly. This way only a happy and healthy balance can be indeed restored in the family.