Home Care Aides Offer Great Care for Those with Alzheimer’s

Thu, Mar 9 2017 | Uncategorized

It’s easy to get caught up in a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, especially when it’s a parent or other close relative. For most, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can feel like a death sentence. There is no cure for this disease and the average life expectancy is between eight and 10 years, upon diagnosis. However, just because somebody has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, that doesn’t mean they have to give up on life. With the proper level of care, they can continue having a high quality of life now and for many years to come.

A home care aide is somebody who is generally hired through an agency and who provides basic support and assistance to an elderly or disabled individual who needs it. A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may feel completely capable of taking care of himself or herself, especially shortly after diagnosis.

They may have noticed some of the common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, though they still may have found the diagnosis to be a shock. Memory loss is the most commonly thought about symptom of Alzheimer’s. When memory loss begins to affect daily life, that’s when seniors often visit their doctor to find out what’s going wrong with them.

Once they receive that diagnosis, it may take them several days or even weeks to come to terms with it. During that time, the topic of home care assistance may come up. Those seniors often deny the necessity for any type of home care aides, mostly because they’re still capable of getting out of bed on their own, bathing, cooking meals, doing the laundry, and even driving themselves to doctor’s appointments, the store, or to visit with friends and loved ones.

What they don’t realize is that an experienced home care aide, somebody who has worked with other seniors with Alzheimer’s, will often have numerous strategies that may be beneficial well into the future.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease.

Memory loss is going to continue to progress through the years. An experienced home care aide may encourage the senior to begin doing the crossword puzzle, playing strategic thinking games, and reading and writing. These can all help to stimulate the brain, which can delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss in the future.

A home care aide may also be able to help the senior develop a routine. Many years from now, the senior may wake up and not recognize his surroundings. He may become agitated and frustrated. That can lead to some aggressive behaviors. Guiding him through his normal routine that has been developed over the years can provide comfort, helping him forget the anxiety he feels.

Home care aides are tremendously beneficial for many seniors, including those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

If you or your elderly loved one are in need of Alzheimer’s care in New Mexico, contact Albuquerque Home Care Servivces, LLC at (505)702-8304.

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