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Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s, At Home

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 14 August 2012

Fact: You can care for someone with Alzheimer’s at home, and there is professional help if you need it.

Though more families are making the decision to keep a friend or relative at home instead of transitioning to assisted living, a nursing home, or Alzheimer’s care, there is still confusion and uncertainty about what services and supports are available in the community.

Home care is one solution, and a medical issue is not a requirement to qualify for this type of care. Those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia are often in good physical health for many years before the advanced stages of the disease set in. They are ambulatory (able to walk around with ease) and able to feed themselves independently; they may even be able to dress and bathe without supervision or assistance. However, caregivers may be concerned about wandering, or about the memory losses which may mean regular prompting, reminders, or check-ins are needed (i.e. did you remember to turn off the stove? did you put on clean undergarments today? did you turn off the water in the shower?).

These kinds of issues do not require the services of a nurse or medical professional. In this case, non-medical home care, or companion care, is a good option.

Learn more about home care here.

 

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  1. I took care of my husband at home and wrote about it in my blog which is about mental illness, Alzheimer’s, grief and grieving.

     

    on 15 August 2012 / 2:50 PM

     
  2. Gwenda Faulk says,

    I wish I had known about all these alternatives before my step mother entered the end stage of this horrible condition. I have been a RN for 30+ years and all I was ever told wad she did not qualify for Medicare certified home health or hospice during the beginning of her illness. Now stuck in an expensive nursing home and entirely a different person after going through all the stages of this disease it is quite heart breaking. Up in chair all day after multiple falls with 2 broken hips requiring surgery, slumped over posture, slurred speech from meds to keep the hostility phase controlled and when she is alert no short term memory. I don’t know that the interventions you discussed would have made a difference or even if she would have been a willing candidate but thank God the info is available to all today and the use of such systems as e-Caring will hopefully help multitudes of Alzheimers patients across our nation.

     

    on 16 August 2012 / 1:09 PM

     
  3. @Jill, thanks for your comment and for telling us about your blog and personal experiences with caregiving. What did you find to be the most difficult aspect of the journey?

    @Gwenda, I’m sorry to hear about your stepmother’s condition and that you weren’t made aware of these alternatives. You’re right though — many people, even with a medical background like yours — are unaware of caregiving resources that are available. In your and their defense though, many of these tools were not around even just ten years ago. Thankfully, much progress has been made in that regard, although there is still a need for getting the word out to those who could benefit from these tools most.

     

    on 20 August 2012 / 12:45 PM

     
  4. As life is becoming so busy people can’t take care of their parents, so hiring home care professionals may be the best option for us.

     

    on 22 August 2012 / 7:11 AM

     
  5. That’s true. Thanks for your comment!

     

    on 22 August 2012 / 10:47 AM

     
  6. Jim lerry says,

    As our parents get older they need a special kind of care and help which can be provided through home care. Home care services have a fairly wide range, and you need to find the perfect match for your situation.

     

    on 23 August 2012 / 5:58 AM

     
  7. That’s true. Thanks for sharing these thoughts.

     

    on 23 August 2012 / 9:40 AM

     
 

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