When your loved one is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s hard to understand all that you will be facing over the coming years.
As a person moves through the various stages, it might not be noticeable on a day-to-day basis. You adjust to each little thing as it happens, and it’s not easy to see the big picture.
But Alzheimer’s is difficult both for the patient, and for the caregiver. Realizing that early on can help you reduce the stress in all of your lives.
To help with the demands of caring for a person with Alzheimer’s, you have two options: in home care or moving to a facility designed for Alzheimer’s patients.
In the beginning to mid level stages, your loved one may feel more comfortable in the safe surroundings of their home. They are comfortable there, and are familiar with where things are.
As a caregiver, its important to keep things as constant as possible. Because your loved one will probably have a variety of caregivers, including family members and professional help, introduce them to a variety of options early.
Allow your loved one to develop different relationships for different tasks. You as the primary caregiver may be there for early morning and evening meals, tasks and responsibilities. Family members may drop by at certain times during the week for specific duties. And it may be easier to hire an in home care specialist to fill in the gaps.
While it is important to create as much normality to your loved one’s life as possible, don’t let it take away from you. Schedule regular “me time” to take care of you, and do the things you enjoy.
It’s important to both you and your loved one.