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How Much Care Will Dad Need Due to Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Care in Edison NJ

For a while, it was sort of the ‘elephant in the room.’ Your father was forgetting things more frequently. He was having difficulty keeping track of conversations. There were times he was even using the wrong word when speaking. You knew some of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease because you researched it.

You just weren’t prepared for the diagnosis itself. 

Now that your father has been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be trying to figure out exactly how much care he’s going to need. At the moment, he may be adamant he doesn’t need any extra care and support.

Alzheimer's Care in Edison NJ

Alzheimer’s Care in Edison NJ

Many seniors, when they are first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, assume they can take care of themselves well enough at the moment. Your father may very well be capable of it, with only a few reminders and some minimal assistance and support.

However, what’s going to happen in the future? 

Alzheimer’s disease progresses. The signs and symptoms are going to increase in number and severity. It’s going to make it much more difficult for him to take care of himself.

If you, your mother, other family members, or friends are not prepared for the road ahead, you can all be completely caught off guard. Don’t let that happen.

November is National Long-Term Care Awareness Month and it’s not just about how much care and support he may or may not need right now or within the next year or so, but what’s going to happen in the years ahead.

Keep in mind that the life expectancy for somebody diagnosed Alzheimer’s is between eight and 10 years (Healthline). As the disease progresses, it will continue to steal away more and more memories and make it more challenging for him to not only be safe within the comfort of his home or wherever he lives, but to also be comfortable and have a high quality of life.

At some point in time things will have to change. Your mother, you, or anyone else is going to begin struggling to support him in a safe and healthy manner. He may become verbally or physically aggressive at times. He may become frightened. He will most certainly become frustrated at times as well.

If you want him to be comfortable and safe, make sure you discuss long-term care, which can and should include the discussion of home care services. Through experienced home care, people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can maintain a high quality of life while being able to stay in the comfort of their own home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Edison, NJ, please call the caring staff at Key Home Care. Serving Metuchen and Surrounding Communities For Over 14 Years. Call Today (732) 205-1635

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Sharon Muenster

Owner at Key Home Care
Sharon received a BS degree in Business Administration and began working in banking and various financial institutions before opening her first home care agency in 2002. After living through watching her mother take care of her grandmother and great aunt in her home, with the help of a caregiver, Sharon saw the need for this service. She researched all the options available to people and then decided to open her own company so she could not only provide caregivers to families but also be a resource for families in the same situation her family was in.

After 14 years in business, Sharon fully immersed herself in the senior community. She became the president of the Senior Commission in her home town of Metuchen, NJ. She is also on the Accessibility Commission in Metuchen. Sharon has been a member of the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

Sharon grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ with her parents, two sisters and one brother, and moved to Metuchen in 1999.

Sharon has learned a lot about the needs of seniors and their families. Everyone's situation is unique and needs to be handled individually. Sharon likes to get to know her clients by communicating with them and finding out what would make their difficult situation a little more pleasant.

In her free time, Sharon has two children that keep her busy and enjoys playing tennis whenever she can.

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