Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
The rewards of From the Heart Home Care In-Home Alzheimer’s Care
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can often seem to be a series of grief experiences as you watch your loved one’s memories disappear and skills erode. The person with dementia will change and behave in different, sometimes disturbing or upsetting ways. For both caretakers and their patients, these changes can produce an emotional wallop of confusion, anger, and sadness.
As the disease advances, your loved one’s needs will increase and your caregiving responsibilities will become more challenging. At the same time, the ability of your loved one to show appreciation for all your hard work will diminish. Caregiving can literally seem like a thankless task. For many, though, a caregiver’s journey includes not only challenges, but also many rich, life-affirming rewards.
Challenges of Alzheimer’s self-care:
- Overwhelming emotions as your loved one’s capabilities decrease
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Isolation and loneliness
- Financial and work complications
Rewards of Alzheimer’s In-home care:
- Your relationship with your loved one deepens through care, companionship, and service
- Your problem-solving and relationship skills improve
- You form new relationships through your From the Heart Home Care, LLC support staff
- Unexpected rewards develop through compassion and acceptance
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia can be a long, stressful, and intensely emotional journey. But you are not alone. From the Heart Home Care, LLC offers in-home Alzheimer’s Care so that your loved one does not have to worsen their mental state by being in an unfamiliar environment in a facility surrounded by a sea of unfamiliar faces.
In the United States, there are more than 16 million people caring for someone with dementia—and many millions more around the world. As there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s or dementia—and only limited medical treatments available for the symptoms—it is the appropriate caregiving that can make the biggest difference to your loved one’s quality of life. That is a remarkable gift.
Caregiving yourself can become an all-consuming responsibility. As your loved one’s cognitive, physical, and functional abilities diminish over a period of years, it is easy to become overwhelmed and neglect your own health and well-being. The burden of caregiving can put you at increased risk for significant health problems and many dementia caregivers experience depression, high levels of stress, or burnout. And nearly all Alzheimer’s or dementia family caregivers at some time experience sadness, anxiety, loneliness, and exhaustion. Seeking professional help and support along the way is not a luxury; it is a necessity.
Just as each individual with Alzheimer’s disease progresses differently, so too can the at-home care experience vary widely from person to person. However, there are strategies that can aid you and your caregiver and help make your loved one’s treatment journey as rewarding as it is challenging.
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