Even though a health professional has diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease, your loved one may still be in denial. Perhaps he feels he can overcome his memory problems if he just tries harder. Losing memory is kind of like losing self-identity, so he is probably frustrated, anxious and even irritable.
There is a very real chance that depression could develop. He may be trying to point out memory problems in other people, just to cover up his own difficulties. As the disease progresses, the memory problems will become more obvious. There will be emotional reactions to these memory losses and his behavior will change as a result.
Since Alzheimer’s disease symptoms can be mimicked by other health issues, it is imperative to seek a second opinion. Make sure you take a lot of questions with you to ask the doctor.
Care Plan for your loved one
While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the related problems can be treated with medication; symptoms and behavioral problems can be managed. Have you considered how your loved one will be cared for? Who will be the manager and organizer of the care team? Resources must be assessed and a plan put into place.
- Who will the primary caregiver be?
- What community-supports are available?
- How will other family members contribute to the care plan?
- Who will donate time? Financial resources?
- Who will coordinate transportation?
- Who will be the liaison with the doctor and other health professionals?
- What level and extent of in home care will be required?
Family members and a representative from the health profession, social worker, etc. can decide together on the best way to set up care for your loved one. It may seem unnecessary in the early stages of the disease to be planning round the clock care, but it’s better to do the planning now before the situation changes drastically and suddenly the care is needed but wasn’t planned.
There will be problem behavior that must be dealt with as it arises. Knowing what the possible problems are and what to do about them before they happen is going to help the primary caregiver to avoid unexpected stressful situations. Local Alzheimer’s societies and other community groups can supply you with educational materials and support.
When the family works together as a team for the safety and well-being of the family member who is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and all the change it brings, it results in a more successful care treatment plan.
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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