Alzheimer’s Care in Northbrook IL
It’s certainly frustrating when an aging parent relies on you for support but is refusing to even consider other options, including home care providers. Your mother, in this situation, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. That seems to make things even more critical and time sensitive.
Is there anything you can do to provide the kind of support and care your mother needs, even though she’s been diagnosed with this form of dementia? There is, and here are a few things to think about.
1. Respect her decision.
If your mother is lucid, especially when she’s talking about her life, where she wants to go in the future, and the type of care and support she prefers, you need to respect her decisions.
If she’s not lucid -and she may not be lucid enough to make those decisions- that’s a different situation. However, if she was relatively recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she probably has more lucid and cogent moments than not.
2. Talk about what will happen.
Discuss the very signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, how it progresses, and what she should expect in the future. Your mother may not have thought about these things, even though she’s had the information in front of her for several weeks, months, or even years.
If you can talk about expectations, what challenges she may face in the future, and your own limitations, she may be more open to the idea of relying on an experienced caregiver.
3. Discuss her goals.
Does she want to remain home for the rest of her life, if possible? Is there somewhere she’d like to travel or visit? Does she want to spend time with friends or family members?
These goals can be important because they’re a great motivator for some individuals.
4. Learn more about the benefits home care offers.
If you’re trying to convince somebody to consider home care options, but know very little about it, how will you be able to do that? Learn as much as you can about home care aides, agencies, and the benefits they offer seniors, disabled adults, and even those who have been diagnosed with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
The more you know about home care support services, especially the services agencies provide, including the possibility of relying on a visiting nurse, physical therapist, or occupational therapist in the future, outside of the highly beneficial home care aides, then you will be in a better position to convince your mother to reconsider.