Personal Care Preparation Advice for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

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Posted: 5/17/2013 1:00 AM by Interim HealthCare
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can be challenging, not only for the person who has been diagnosed, but also for their loved ones and friends. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can actually be overwhelming, but the more support and information you have, the better you can navigate the tough road ahead and determine what personal care options are best suited for everyone.

As you come to terms with the diagnosis, you have to deal with a wide range of concerns and emotions. You’ll obviously be worried about how you’re going to keep your loved one comfortable, how he or she will change, and how much your life will change. In addition, you’re likely to experience emotions such as shock, grief and even anger. Adjusting to this reality isn’t easy; that’s why it’s important to reach out for help. The more support you have, the more you will be able to help your loved one.

There are some personal care preparations that should be done sooner than later. At first, it may be difficult to consider these because it means you have to look ahead to a time when your loved one is well down the path of their Alzheimer’s journey. But, making early preparations will make the transition smoother for everyone.

As memory deteriorates, Alzheimer’s gets progressively worse, and in the advanced stages, in-home personal care is usually required. If you plan ahead for this possibility, you’ll find it easier to make decisions. Each family is different, but if you are aware of your options, you can make the right decision for your loved one when the time comes.

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