If Your Loved One Receives an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: How to React
If your loved one has just received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, this information can knock the wind right out of you. The information is devastating and overwhelming, and you may not know what to do upon first receiving it. Fortunately, there are resources beyond the doctor who can provide homecare services for anyone with a neurological disorder and who can also provide counseling services for family members and friends.
Let’s first focus on counseling services. There are organizations, like the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center, that offer help to those people who have taken on the role of a caregiver either for a spouse, a family member, or a neighbor. The job of a caregiver is tough and there is no manual on how to perform your role correctly. This is why receiving counseling is a great way to seek advice.
These counseling services are not just about problem solving, but are also safe places to find comfort and security when you might be feeling scared and anxious about the difficult journey ahead. In your first session, you will get to know your counselor and build trust with him or her. This session will be about finding a sense of calm, reassurance, and peace during a time you need these things most. Building trust with a counselor entails opening up about your fears and relying on your counselor for sound advice, words of comfort, and sympathy. If you choose to go back after your first visit, following sessions may be predicated on finding particular solutions to caregiving challenges. For example, if your loved has behavioral problems as a result of their neurological disorder, your counselor can provide you with strategies to respond to those events calmly and effectively. Counseling is a time to express your emotions, share your experiences, and learn methods to handle difficult situations.
If you find that you need additional help, then you might consider contacting a nurse registry or agency. These organizations are able to connect you with licensed caregivers who have the skills and techniques to care for your loved and provide some relief. A nurse registry, like ElderCare at Home, can help schedule caregivers to visit you and your loved one at your house or at a facility. Caregivers are trained to care for your loved one in various ways, like with bathing, meal preparation, cognitive stimulation, and can help out around the house if necessary. Hiring a caregiver, if it is within your means, can be a huge stress relief and can help you if you live far away. Many times, people with disabled family members try their hardest to handle the situation until they realize they cannot do it anymore. This breaking point is difficult to overcome, but it is a normal one and you should take comfort in the fact that resources exist to help you.
If you have questions about ElderCare’s services, please call 888-285-0093 or visit our website to learn more!