It’s easy to say a person is going to adapt to their new circumstances, but it’s completely different to actually face them and make the right choices. When an elderly person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, family and friends, including a spouse, adult children, and maybe even some close neighbors, will be faced with the aspect of having to make adjustments, or adapting.
Yes, the senior will have to adapt to this new reality in life, too, but for them, there is no choice. For others, for family and friends, there is a choice.
What is a person going to have to do to adapt?
Depending on the individual, their relationship to this individual, and other factors, they might be tasked with spending more time and energy helping with various tasks around the house or throughout the day. Many of these tasks are considered Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs.
For example, a spouse might find herself in the position of trying to keep track of various appointments, remember conversations her husband had with family or friends the previous day or maybe even earlier that afternoon. She might have to remind him of tasks he was just in the middle of doing but wandered away and completely forgot.
Over time, as the disease progresses into the middle and later stages, the adaptations will become much more significant. It could eventually place tremendous physical, mental, and emotional stress and pressure on that primary family caregiver or their friends and support system.
When a person reaches that moment in life when the changes are significant, they may no longer be willing or have the energy to do so.
What happens then?
The most important thing to consider is outside resources. A home care aide who has worked with other elderly clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia is one of the most effective solutions for not just the family support system, but also the senior himself or herself.
An experienced and qualified home care agency will likely have numerous aides who have supported aging clients diagnosed with this and other types of dementia through the years. They can not only provide assistance to those clients, but valuable insight, information, and even strategies for the family that can reduce stress, pressure, and anxiety.
Just because a person might be willing to do “whatever it takes” in the beginning doesn’t mean that will remain the case when they actually see firsthand what is required of them. Stress can change everything and when providing care for somebody with Alzheimer’s, it is going to be stressful.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Perinton, NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.
Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.
After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.
As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)
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