Watching a loved one struggle with declining cognitive abilities and memory impairment is incredibly difficult, especially for children or spouses caring for the affected individual. First, we want to commend you on your efforts, because we at SYNERGY HomeCare have extensive experience caring for people affected by all types of dementia, and we understand how difficult it can be for families.
Second, we would like to emphasize the fact that you’re not alone, and our compassionate caregivers are ready to provide the support and structure you and your loved one need during this challenging time. Needing Asking for assistance to help to care for a loved one suffering experiencing from a decline in cognitive faculties abilities and memory loss is absolutely no reason to feel ashamed.
The simple fact of the matter is you can’t be there all the time – you have a life to lead as well, and your loved one wouldn’t want you to struggle with this burden on your own.
You’re Not Alone
The Alzheimer’s Association conducted a study looking at the number of households in the United States where families were caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. As of 2014, more than 15.7 million1 people were providing such care in the home. Some studies have found that family caregivers spend upwards of 47 hours every week2 caring for their loved one.
Many of these people family caregivers had to give up work or put their careers on hold to perform the fulltime job of caregiver.
If you’re in this situation, or are considering taking on this caregiver role yourself, it’s important to think realistically about the challenges this will entail. Would you have to quit your job? Does your household have enough income to support you and your loved one? Do you have an adequate support structure to attend to your needs should you make such an investment of time and energy?
How a Caregiver Can Help
A caregiver with specialized training in providing home care services for individuals with memory impairments can help alleviate your burden in a number of ways. Some of the most common types of care we provide is assistance with getting into and out of bed, medication reminders, dressing, bathing and grooming, assistance with getting to the bathroom and food preparation and feeding.
Many health care professionals believe diet can have an impact on memory impairment and its progression. If your loved one’s primary health care provider suggests a specific diet, a caregiver can help ensure they stick to the diet and live as healthy as possible.
A caregiver with training in caring for people exhibiting signs of dementia and memory loss can also be a valuable tool in monitoring your loved one for changes in cognitive abilities. They are familiar with different types of memory loss and can spot signs of change for you and your loved one’s health care provider.
Learn About Your Options
If you are even remotely considering utilizing a caregiver to provide your loved one with the compassionate care they need, we encourage you to call SYNERYGY HomeCare to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation in-home assessment. This low-pressure meeting time gives you a chance to meet and get to know some of our professionals, and it gives us a chance to analyze assess your loved one, their living condition and suggest an appropriate level of care.
1 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, Alzheimer’s Association®
2 Moore MJ, Zhu CW, Clipp EC (July 2001). "Informal costs of dementia care: estimates from the National Longitudinal Caregiver Study". J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 56 (4): S219–28. PMID 11445614.