Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Is It Time for Increased Memory Care?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease and will slowly or rapidly start to alter the life of your loved one. It is up to you, as the primary caregiver, to listen to the warning signs and make the appropriate changes to keep the Alzheimer’s patient out of harm’s way. Dementia symptoms can include sleeplessness, agitation, delusions, forgetfulness and personality changes. If the person you care for is living at home, you may decide to increase the amount of specific care they are receiving. If they live in an assisted living facility, you may choose to start working with an outside company who specializes in memory care. One of the most important roles when taking care of a loved one is to ensure their safety and to ensure they are receiving the upmost, best care around, all while being at peace.
Keep in mind these warning signs when deciding if specific Memory Care should be applied to your loved ones daily routine:
Safety – Are you worried mom may slip out during the day, wandering into the street? Do you find yourself wondering if mom will be okay home alone? Is it time mom stops using the oven because you keep finding it left on? These are all great examples of signs that safety is becoming an issue and you may want to start looking into additional care.
Caregiver Burnout – Even though your loved one will always come first in your eyes, YOU as the caregiver, have to also keep yourself top on your list. You need to be aware of signs of depression and signs that your health may be feeling an effect of your loved ones disease. If you think you may be showing signs of Caregiver Burnout, we insist you to take breaks and hire additional care services for the patient.
Isolation – So you have taken mom out to her usual Friday night dinner at Chili’s and she is acting erratic and completely out of character. This is a common isolation sign and many trained memory care personnel know how to handle these specific situations. If you find yourself wondering why your loved one is acting a certain, different way, it is suggested that their memory loss has increased and proper memory care should be provided.
New Health Conditions Arise – When visiting your loved one you notice they feel smaller when you hug them or their posture is just not right. This can be a sign of your loved one not remembering to eat or not sleeping at night and may be a clear indication that memory care is imperative.
Change in Living Conditions – When you begin noticing changes in the way your loved one lives at home, you should keep their safety in mind first. In order to ensure safety, it may be wise to hire an outside agency that has skilled memory care training and will be able to help the person with Alzheimer’s disease conquer each day to their best abilities.
To contact ElderCare at Home
If you are a caregiver and are in need of respite or want more information regarding memory care, contact us at (888) 285-0093. Thanks for joining us for today’s Tuesday Tips for Caregivers and we’ll see you again next week!