We’ve created these helpful Alzheimer’s tips and points to ponder to help you manage in your role as an Alzheimer’s caregiver.
- Be prepared – Make sure this is really a role you can undertake. In some cases you may not have a choice, but many times you do, even if it means pushing back on other family members.
- Be realistic – Care-giving takes endless patience and stamina. Pace yourself. You are in it for the long haul.
- Protect yourself – Don’t try to do it all. Ask for help
- Be organized – You will quickly become the center of a chaotic universe. Set up whatever system works best for you to stay organized.
- Ask questions – Don’t let yourself be hurried out the door when advocating for your loved one. Understand what is being said and what needs to be done.
- Choose your battles- Whether it’s with the Alzheimer’s patient or with the staff at a facility, this cannot be over emphasized.
- Be patient – This is much easier said than done, especially with persons with dementia who as the same questions over and over again. Try to find ways to change the subject or to divert them.
- Reward yourself – You are undertaking a huge amount of responsibility and providing invaluable care, love and support to your loved one. Give yourself a treat every now and then.
The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, located in West Palm Beach, provides geriatric care management services, coaching and counseling services, memory screenings, a 24-hour Alzheimer’s Care Crisis line and a vast array of programs for caregivers of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other memory impairment.
For more information or to schedule a complementary Alzheimer’s consultation, call us at 561-588-4545