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Stories from Care Providers Often Inspire Families Dealing with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Putnam NY

For most of us, how do we learn about certain situations? We might read autobiographies, historical books, pamphlets, see videos, or basically get a sense of what other people have gone through. For families who have a loved one suddenly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the road ahead can be confusing.

There can be more questions than answers.

Alzheimer's Care in Putnam NY

Alzheimer’s Care in Putnam NY

There are things people can do, though, to not only gather proper information, but also gain a better perspective on what to expect in the weeks, months, and years to come.

Listening to stories from other care providers.

One of the best things anyone can do when a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is hear about other family experiences. What did other families deal with? What were the questions they had early on? How did they cope with various circumstances and other situations?

By gaining some type of experience, even if it is vicariously, many family members become convinced that getting proper care and support early on can make a world of difference for those seniors diagnosed with this or some other form of dementia in the future.

How do we hear these stories from other care providers?

There are numerous support groups established across most communities throughout the United States. The support groups can be for families and friends of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. They can be for men and women who are just starting their journey along this difficult road. It can also include people who were primary caregivers for their loved ones for years before they finally passed away.

A lot of people rely on sharing their stories as being cathartic. They release a lot of tension, stress, anxiety, hurt, and frustration through the stories they share. Many want to help others avoid common mistakes, pain, and frustration they dealt with, simply because they didn’t have any prior experience supporting somebody with Alzheimer’s.

The bottom line is that experience makes all the difference for home care support.

The vast majority of family caregivers supporting loved ones diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will often admit they wish they could go back and start over. What would they do differently?

Most of them would seriously consider hiring a home care aide from the start. They didn’t think it was necessary. They saw their loved one as being physically capable of taking care of himself or herself. They saw their own abilities as being a lot greater than they actually were.

They underestimated the value of true experience when it came to home care support for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. But hearing the stories, more family members can avoid those unfortunate, but common mistakes.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Putnam, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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