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Being a Caregiver for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Kingston Healthcare has outlined some steps you can take to deal with these emotions and provide top-quality care for your loved one.
When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s normal for you and your loved one to feel a range of emotions. It’s also typical for these emotions to change as the disease progresses.

Acceptance

It may take a while before you accept the fact that your loved one has Alzheimer’s. This grieving process will allow you to better accept the fact you will be caring for a person living with dementia.

Once you fully accept that your loved one has Alzheimer’s, you’ll be able to better care for them.

Help them maintain a sense of purpose

People newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can sometimes feel uncertain with their identity. This is when caregivers can help their loved one engage in activities that give them meaning. Encourage your loved one to participate in activities they enjoy or discover new activities that would be fun to try.

Your loved one can also engage with others who have dementia and learn how those individuals are able to remain active and lead meaningful lives.

Get support

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s can be challenging. That’s why it’s important to seek help from others when necessary.

Family and friends are the ones who normally step up to help caregivers. They can help by offering transportation to events and medical appointments, watching over your loved one while you run errands, or by just sitting and listen to you. Many communities also have support groups or online social networks that can be helpful for caregivers.

Some of their online support group resources are listed below:
http://www.alz.org/advocacy/federal-priorities.asp
http://www.usagainstalzheimers.org/our-mission

Being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s can sometimes be too much for people. That’s why Kingston Healthcare 24-hour care for patients with dementia.

If you’re not longer able to provide adequate care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s, contact us today and we’ll share with you the quality care we provide all of our dementia patients.