Alzheimer’s Care in Old Bridge NJ
Before you step up and become a primary caregiver to your father who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, unless you have prior experience doing this type of work, there’s a lot you need to know. Your father seems to be taking care of himself well enough right now, for the most part.
You assume this is going to be a simple job, at least at first. It might very well be. However, it’s far too easy to slip into a sense of comfort and overlook the impact Alzheimer’s will have on not just his life and ability to take care of himself, but yours, too.
Far too many people learn by doing.
Learning by doing is one of the best ways to improve on a skill set. It’s not something recommended when Alzheimer’s care is considered. In other words, a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will go through a series of stages. Memory loss and other symptoms will become more pronounced and it will be more difficult for that individual to accomplish simple tasks.
If you plan on just learning as you go, you might miss out on some great opportunities to provide more comfort for your father in the years ahead.
For example, do you know the value of routines?
A routine is something people do the same way, often at the same time, day after day after day. Your father might have his own routines already. Most of us do.
Given enough time, a routine becomes a habit. When you have a habit, you have a tendency to do that certain thing over and over, even without thinking about it.
Why is that important to know with regard to Alzheimer’s?
As the disease progresses and begins to erode more memory from your father, he will reach a point when he may not recognize his surroundings, thinks it’s a completely different year in his past, or doesn’t recognize you or someone else. That can cause confusion, anxiety, and stress.
That confusion and anxiety could lead to verbal or physical aggression. What would happen, though, if he was gently redirected to begin working on his routine? It would provide him comfort. It would settle him down. It would refocus his mind.
You may be able to derail a lot of verbal or physical aggression in the future if you help him develop certain routines throughout the day.
You see, there’s a lot to learn about supporting someone with Alzheimer’s. If you want the best care for him in the future, start with the best care now. Hire a home care aide through an agency that has plenty of experience working with other seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Old Bridge, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.
Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)
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