Learning that a loved one has Alzheimer’s can be a difficult and emotional experience. When it comes to the new way of life and arranging care, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain. While caring for someone with dementia is not an easy feat, you can still make the best out of it and find it to be a fulfilling experience. Planning for the future for your loved one makes it easier to deal with what’s to come in your journey and we hope our tips are helpful if you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia-related illness.
Things to Consider When Preparing for Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care
It’s important to consider where your loved one will live at this point. Is it suitable for them to stay at home? If not, other options include a memory care facility or arranging for in-home care. Depending on your loved one’s specific diagnosis, it may not be safe for them to stay alone at home. If it is a serious safety concern, then this is one of the most important decisions that must be made.
2. Power of Attorney
Although this may be a sensitive subject of discussion, it’s important to consider who will make healthcare and financial decisions when your loved one is not able to do so. This will help ensure the process runs smoothly so the best decisions can be made for your loved one.
3. Primary Caregiver
Families often assume whoever is closest will take care of your loved one with Alzheimer’s. However, undertaking full-time care is a challenging task, which needs to be considered. Caregiving is a long term and serious commitment, so it’s important to be realistic with who is able to meet the needs of your loved one. In the case that no one is in a position to provide the necessary care, it’s important to arrange for care immediately.
At the end of the day, it’s important to come to terms with this new way of life. Although it’s a difficult time, try to avoid becoming frustrated. The most important thing you can do is to make your loved one feel safe and by sympathizing with them. If you would like more information on a memory care facility, contact The GreenFields Continuing Care Community at 716-684-8400.