No one likes or enjoys the feeling of loss. It’s gut-wrenching, painful…especially if loss is related to relationships. This Valentine’s Day, take a few minutes to appreciate the loved ones in your life. Cherish the memories you’ve made with your aging parents. If one of the special Belmont seniors in your life is receiving Alzheimers care, you’ll know just how important each moment can be.
Life on the other side of Alzheimers care: Belmont seniors and their familiesWhen someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s easy to focus all kinds of attention on the person with the disease. And that’s as it should be. Doctor visits and Alzheimers care from caregivers will become a regular part of the Belmont senior’s life. But family members will suffer the ramifications of the disease as well. It’s emotionally draining to see your parent lose memories, lose the ability to recognize you and even lose the ability to take care of him- or herself. Loss becomes a normal part of life for both the senior receiving Alzheimers care and for their families.
NuevaCare’s caregivers understand the pain that children and their parents feel as a result of the disease. A caregiver can help your Belmont senior deal with the practical needs in the situation by assisting with grocery shopping, medication reminders, meal preparation and grooming / bathing needs. But a caregiver is more than just someone to handle various duties around the home. A caregiver can help family members feel at peace about leaving their loved one alone for a while. They can take the strain off of stressed-out families by recording and reporting what has happened during the caregiver visit. Caregivers can provide emotional support in the form of companionship to seniors.
Yes, loss is a part of life. Loss will be a factor in Alzheimers care as well. But it doesn’t have to destroy all senses of “the good life” for Belmont seniors and their families. NuevaCare’s caregivers understand the struggles that family members will have and want to help.