As a caregiver, it’s important to understand that you’re not expected to bear the burden of caring for an aging loved one with dementia on your own. The symptoms of the disease are complex, and along with physical strains are emotional challenges that can be difficult for family caregivers to overcome without support. Home Care Assistance of Centennial, CO wants to share the steps you can take to access helpful resources that will make the caregiving process easier.
Develop a Strong Support System
Many dementia caregivers will understandably experience bouts of depression, sadness and anxiety throughout the care process. For this reason, it’s important to develop a strong support system. Resources can range from local support groups to online support. These types of groups offer an open environment to share feelings and stories, while also allowing the caregiver to receive emotional support and encouragement. Even for those who feel uncertain about attending a support group can gain a lot of insight from listening and seeing that others share their same feelings and circumstances.
Consider Hiring Professional Assistance
If you’re a family member acting as a caregiver, consider hiring professional assistance when dementia care needs become too demanding. Remember that taking this step doesn’t mean that you’re not going to remain involved with your loved one’s regular care – it simply means that you’re getting the help that you need to provide your loved one with the highest level of quality care. Click here to learn more highly personalized and professional dementia home care in Centennial and surrounding communities.
Find Reliable Educational Resources
Educational materials can also be an important resource for caregivers. By understanding what can be expected physically and mentally, you can become better prepared to recognize new symptoms or handle changes in behavior that may occur over time. So where can you find these resources? First, start with your loved one’s doctor. He or she will be able to provide useful information about care and will likely have a good idea of what resources you may need. The Alzheimer’s Association also provides an online directory of support groups by location that can come in handy if you prefer local support.
To learn more about providing a senior loved one with quality Alzheimer’s care, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Centennial. While we are recognized as the Centennial live-in care experts, we also provide hourly care on an as-needed basis for minimal assistance, support and respite. Call a friendly Care Manager today at 303-957-3100 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.