Watching your parent grow older can be difficult for anyone, but if they have Alzheimer's disease, it can be even more of a challenge. If you've been tasked with caring for your parent, there are some things you might have to do to make caring for them easier. Here are some ideas.
Join Caregiving Support Groups
You might not think you need a support group, but you may want to consider going to a few of their meetings in the area. If you aren't used to caring for someone with this illness, you might need the expertise that others can offer you so that you can better care for your parent. Support group meeting can also give you time for a much needed break so that you can return to your parent feeling refreshed and encouraged.
Even if you can't get away for meetings, you can still search out other caregivers on the internet through forums and social media groups. You can ask others questions and get ideas that you can use to care for your parent.
Seek Out an Assisted Living Facility
As your parent's health continues to deteriorate, you might find that you need more than a regular break in order to maintain your own well-being. In fact, you might come to the difficult realization that performing long term care by yourself is not something you can continue to do. If you are unable to care for your parent over the long term, it is a smart idea to start considering an assisted living facility for them.
Assisted living facilities are typically staffed by nurses and nurse's aides around the clock. This can help you to feel better about the care that your parent will receive, as there will always been someone monitoring their movements. Assisted living facilities also provide social activities and events for the senior residents; your parent might have missed that kind of interaction with others.
When seeking out a facility for your parent, find out as much as you can about how they can care for your parent if their Alzheimer's disease continues to worsen. Many facilities offer special units for those with dementia and Alzheimer's where they can get even more specialized care.
After reading this article, you have some things to think about. Talk to family members and your parent's doctor to get a better idea of what you can do to ensure your parent gets the care they deserve.