A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be scary for your entire family. Your aging family member may not know what comes next for her and that can be debilitating. This is why exploring the options for home care services is a perfect activity for National Alzheimer’s Disease Month in November.
Provide Information for Family Caregivers
It’s tough to be a family caregiver for someone in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Your senior may not need much from you just yet, but you’re still not certain just ow much help from you is enough. Home care services can help you to assess your elderly family member’s needs now and how they’re likely to change.
Help with Housekeeping Tasks
Household tasks take more energy than you or your senior realize. As her health changes and as she has greater demands on her time in the form of appointments, she may find it difficult to keep up with everything that needs to be done. Senior care providers can handle those light housekeeping tasks for her so that she can focus her time and strength elsewhere.
Make Meal Preparation and Eating Easier
Good nutrition means so much for people with Alzheimer’s disease. If your elderly family member finds cooking and shopping for groceries to be tiresome, there’s no reason for her to have to handle those tasks. Elder care providers can take a meal plan that you and your elderly family member develop and help your senior to stick to it.
Help with Personal Care Tasks of All Sorts
In the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s disease, your senior may not need help with dressing or bathing, but she may find it helpful to have someone around when she’s exercising. This allows her to feel a bit safer and more stable. Other personal care tasks might include helping her with laundry or with sorting through clothing that is appropriate for the season and the weather.
Serve as Companions
Loneliness does a lot of damage and your senior may need and want someone with whom she can spend some time just being. Home care providers can do just that while also offering assistance here and there. During the later stages of Alzheimer’s, your elderly family member’s companionship needs change, but in the beginning having someone to talk to is powerful.
As your elderly family member gets more used to having help from other people, she’ll be more open to it at later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, too. Plus she gets to experience a greater quality of life now while you and she are able to talk about her needs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Home Care in Greenville, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116. Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.
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