When our aging parents need someone to care for them, the reaction of most adult children would be to take on this responsibility. After all, their parents cared for them all of their young lives, so often adult children want to return the favor. As selfless as caring for an elderly parent is, there are some situations that may require a more professionally trained caregiver. One example of this would be if the senior is in need of Alzheimer’s care.
It is possible to keep your loved one at home during the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. In order to know for sure if the elder will be able to stay home or if you should consider a nursing home environment, here are some questions to ask yourself.
Are they becoming a danger to themselves or others?
As the disease progresses, the senior may become more likely to harm themselves or those around them. This could mean they are becoming increasingly angry or aggressive, or perhaps they are leaving the home and wandering. Depending on the severity of the situation, professional home care services may be able to help. Providing companionship during the day, and even at night (so that you can sleep) is often enough to keep a senior at home. If the personality changes or aggressiveness is too overwhelming, it might be time to consider nursing home care.
Does the elder need around-the-clock care?
If you have a job outside of the home, giving your parent the care they need may take more time than you are able to give. Do you feel as though the needs of your loved-one is more than you can physically or mentally handle? If the answer is yes, it is time to hire an Alzheimer’s care professional. Check with your local home care agencies about having a companion in the home during the day while you are at work.
Are you stressed?
It is not always easy to admit that you need help, especially when you want to be the primary caregiver for your family member. Yet, if the stress of providing this care begins to take a toll on your well-being and health, it is time to ask for help.
Are they becoming confused?
During the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia, the senior is still familiar with their family members and surroundings. Once the disease progresses, they may begin to forget familiar faces or places, causing them to become confused. If this sounds like your loved one, the best thing you can do is research nursing home care as a way to provide the safety precautions and help they need.
Has Sundowning become an issue?
Sundowning Syndrome occurs when the aging adult becomes increasingly agitated later in the day. This syndrome can cause the family caregiver to become stressed and uneasy while caring for their loved one. It can also cause a disruption to both the daily routine you have set in place. Hiring professional home care services for dementia care can relieve your stress levels by allowing a trained professional to provide the care that your parent so desperately needs.
Making the decision to send your elderly parent to a nursing home care facility is not an easy choice to make, but can be an important one. If the previous issues sound similar to what you may be dealing with as a family caregiver, research professional home care for Alzheimer’s disease that would provide your loved one with the resources and attention they need. If additional help in the home is not helping the situation, it may be time for more intense care.
Looking for more information? Check out the Family Guide to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care and our other guides, located here.
Navigating the senior care world is often frustrating and overwhelming. The members listed on Approved Senior Network are here to guide you and your family through the confusion and make elder care easier.
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