It’s not easy when a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Maybe you’ve noticed your father beginning to show signs and symptoms of this disease for a while. You might have been over talking to him one day and he used the wrong word, but never realized his mistake. He had trouble keeping track of appointments, couldn’t remember conversations he had with you or others recently, and it caused you concern.
You encouraged him to visit his doctor.
Only a trained medical professional can diagnose Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia. You were worried, but still had hope that it was something else, such as a medication he had been prescribed recently. When it came back that he does, in fact, have Alzheimer’s, it could have been devastating for you, your mother, and the rest of your family.
Now it’s time to have a serious, honest conversation with him.
You need to find out exactly what he expects. Everyone is going to deal with this situation differently, and your father certainly needs time to process the information. Give him the space he needs, but before long make sure you sit down and talk to him about expectations, what may happen, and the various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that will continue to develop in the upcoming years.
He can feel empowered through this conversation.
A lot of people, when they are faced with a terminal illness and the potential dark years ahead that are often associated with Alzheimer’s, especially with regard to memory loss, it can be difficult to feel empowered in any way. However, when you sit down and have a conversation with your father, letting him determine what he would like to see happen in the future, it can help him feel more in control.
Right now, he may not think home care support is necessary.
Yet, at the same time, he certainly wants to remain at home for as long as possible. If he wants to stay home for the rest of his life, if at all possible, he needs to seriously consider hiring home care support services. You, your mother, other family members and friends, possibly even neighbors, may be more than willing to help, but eventually it will tax them to the point of increasing their own health risks.
When you have an honest and open conversation with somebody dealing with Alzheimer’s, listening to what they have to say and explaining what will likely occur in the years to come, they may be more open to the idea of leaning on home care support services, which is one of the best decisions they can make.
If you or an elderly loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Clinton, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.
Comfort Keepers of Flemington, New Jersey, has a team of eight support staff who will be your primary contacts and your advocates.
Nancy Hmieleski, R.N., C., B.S, is the Director of Nursing and supervises the Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) that work out of the Comfort Keepers Flemington office. Pat Corlett, RN, is the Case Manager.
General Manager Rebecca Tenore, Client Care Coordinators; Suzanne M. White, Kelly Balodis, Christine Lehr, along with Office Assistant, Nancy Russell, are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year to answer your questions. You will hear a friendly voice no matter when you call.
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