Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia in an older adult you love is heartbreaking, and will instantly bring about a variety of concerns and questions. Exactly what will life be like for my loved one? How will the condition affect everyday behaviors and functioning? Where will he or she live? And how will I possibly manage providing care?
At Anthem Home Care, a provider of senior care in Rockport and the surrounding areas, we receive calls frequently from friends and family who are in crisis mode to find the best care solution for a loved one with dementia. We have learned that there are three key elements to help families feel a sense of relief and to acquire a sense of control:
- Education. We cannot stress enough the necessity of learning as much as possible about Alzheimer’s disease, and staying on top of new advancements. We provide a variety of resources relevant to dementia care that detail safety tips, effective communication techniques, creative suggestions for managing challenging behaviors, and much more. Families can also find a wealth of trusted educational materials through the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as up-to-date news on the latest research findings related to the search for treatment options and a cure.
- Support. Family members caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s require the support of others in a similar situation. Finding a support group to learn helpful insight, share concerns, and just have a trusted and safe place to vent feelings with people who understand is exceptionally helpful for family caregivers. Speaking with a professional therapist, along with close friends and family, is also a smart idea to make sure family caregivers are looking after their own mental health.
- Partnership. Partnering with Anthem Home Care for safe, reliable, and experienced dementia care at home makes it possible for family caregivers to discover they’re not alone, allows them to take necessary time away on a routine basis to tend to their own self-care needs, and is a wonderful alternative to moving your senior loved one to a nursing home or assisted living facility, enabling her or him to age in the comfort and familiarity of home.
Anthem Home Care’s professional Alzheimer’s care team is thoroughly trained in creative, patient, compassionate care at home for seniors, offering a regular routine, assistance with difficult behaviors, increased safety, and dependable respite care for family members.
We meet with families during a free in-home assessment to learn about the difficulties being faced, along with getting to know the older adult in need of care: his or her likes, dislikes, hobbies, interests, personality type, past and current life – all to design an individualized plan of care which will allow for the best possible quality of life, making sure all needs are met both now and proactively as needs change over time.