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No one cares more than you - how to find care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s

Many people who have Alzheimer’s disease receive daily assistance from their family, partners, and friends but it can be difficult to keep up with their needs as they get more complex. Maintaining the proper amount of care is challenging for any family, especially when it involves Alzheimer’s. Hiring a professional caregiver to fill in the gaps with in-home care and provide support for your family is often the best way to ensure a loved one consistently gets the care they need. Finding the right home caregiver for your loved one’s needs can be challenging though. Alzheimer’s and other conditions involving memory-loss require a level of patience that some caregivers aren’t ready for. Here are a few things to focus on when looking for home care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

What Type of Care is Needed

Alzheimer’s looks much different when it reaches its later stages so it’s important to make sure you’re getting the appropriate type of care. A loved one will need more care as they move through the stages of Alzheimer’s. Scheduling a caregiver for regular visits to help with chores around the house, personal hygiene and medication reminders can be helpful in the earlier stages of the disease. As the disease progresses it is often a good idea to switch to 24/7 home care to make sure a loved one stays safe.

Safety Precautions

Seniors with Alzheimer’s often wander which can result in a dangerous fall. Installing grab bars and keeping rooms free of clutter will help a loved one stay on their feet. Making sure a caregiver understands the risks of a fall and is able to supervise a loved one is essential in later stages of the disease.

Keep a Senior Loved One Engaged

Loved ones with Alzheimer’s will become more and more distant as the disease progresses so it’s important to keep their brain as active as possible to slow the cognitive decline. Finding a caregiver who is able to connect with an elder family member can make a big difference and help make caregiver visits as pleasant as possible. Interacting with others can help improve a loved one’s quality of life and keep them connected to the place they call home.

Griswold Home Care offers a variety of home care services from personal care like bathing, grooming, general hygiene, and restroom assistance to homemaking care like light housekeeping, grocery shopping, and meal prep. In addition, we also offer Companionship services like the accompaniment to appointments, visiting friends and family, scrapbooking, and celebrating birthdays and holidays. We understand how difficult it can be to learn that a loved one has Alzheimer’s and do our best to provide home care services your family can count on. Contact us today at (508) 917-6649 to learn more about how we can help.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Worcester, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (508) 917-6649