As we conclude this week’s examination of early warning signs that your elderly loved one may require additional care assistance, it’s time to explore the sensitive topic of mental state.
More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, your loved one may have difficulty concentrating, processing information and remembering simple items or tasks. In many cases, they may be able to care for themselves for some time but that independence will continue to shrink as the months and years pass. As that happens, it is essential that they be provided with the appropriate level of in-home care and companionship necessary to ensure their continued health and wellbeing.
Despite the prevalence of this affliction, however, it is by no means the only mental challenge facing seniors. Depression is an increasingly prevalent and often equally debilitating challenge. As they lose independence and are increasingly unable to enjoy many of the activities to which they’ve become accustomed over a lifetime, many seniors suffer from bouts of clinical depression. In these cases, the companionship that a part-time or live-in care provider offers can make an immeasurable difference in the life of your loved one.
We hope you’ve found this week’s series helpful and informative. Be sure to visit us here at the Griswold Blog next week when we will discuss methods of preventing slip and fall accidents at home. In the meantime, you can visit our website for more helpful and informative resources or contact us to learn more about the services that Griswold Home Care provides.
If you decided to look in to in-home care due to a loved one having Alzheimer’s disease, we would love to hear about you experience in the comments below.