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3 Steps to Build a Care Action Plan when a Loved One Has Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Fairfield, NJ

Alzheimer's CareEveryone who has an elderly family member recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s should sit down and talk about a care action plan. A care action plan is basically a system of short and long-term goals and steps that will be taken to help provide the best level of support for that individual.

Keep in mind that even though the senior may seem to be able to take care of himself or herself well enough at the moment, things are going to progressively grow more challenging for them. The memory loss will begin impacting daily life much more significantly.

While they don’t seem to require a lot of care at the moment, family members or even friends should sit down and talk about their long-term Alzheimer’s care action plan and here are three steps to build one that makes sense and provides the best support through the years.

Step #1: Openly and honestly discuss the expectations into the future.

Many people have certain preconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease and what the signs and symptoms will be as it progresses. It’s important to find out the truth and dispel any rumors or misconceptions as quickly as possible.

The senior may not want to discuss this because they don’t want to focus on what will occur, but it’s important for everyone to have a clear understanding about the grand picture to come.

Step #2: Talk about living options in the future.

Before the senior’s memories become eroded to the point where he or she doesn’t recognize their surroundings or can’t make clear and cogent decisions, they should be asked what they would like to happen in the future. This can include possibly moving to assisted living, nursing home options, or their preference to remain home for the rest of their life. Professional home care, it is certainly possible and reasonable to remain within the comfort of their own home for the rest of their life.

Step #3: Look at hiring a professional caregiver.

A professional Alzheimer’s care provider, especially somebody hired through an agency, can offer incredible insight and may also have a number of strategies that can be put into place during the earlier stages of the disease that have a positive influence during the later stages of it.

For example, an experienced caregiver would know that developing a routine as early as possible can help provide comfort for the senior when they don’t recognize their surroundings or the people with them. They would also know that memory related activities now, such as mental stimulation, can help delay the onset of more serious aspects of memory loss.

When you create an action plan for your elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s, you ensure that they are receiving the best care possible as they navigate through this difficult process.

For Alzheimer’s care in Fairfield, NJ, call 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

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Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.
Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.