Alzheimer's Care in Sewell, NJ
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There are few areas in life where somebody would simply jump in and give it a go. Those who do often end up paying a high price. How many people go straight to the cockpit of a plane and start to fly or partake in an extreme sport without training? Yet, literally, millions of American family members are thrust into the role of caregiver for a senior with Alzheimer's disease with no training or preparation. Statistically, the majority of these family caregivers end up paying a price with their own physical, mental, and social health.
Sewell Alzheimer's Care
The good news is that there are ways to make Alzheimer's care more efficient and effective, and the first step is learning everything that can be learned about the disease. Alzheimer's disease follows a standard progression, and while each person moves through the stages at their own pace the overall roadmap is the same. Understanding the stages, what happens to the senior, and how to best work with them during each stage is essential to providing the best possible Alzheimer's care.
One of the most frustrating parts of dementia is the loss of communication. Seniors find themselves with thoughts, feelings, and ideas that they can no longer communicate. Often, their own bodies will not even respond in the way they desire. The result of this communication loss is frustration, anxiety, anger, hostility, and a number of other emotions. Learning to communicate with a senior who has Alzheimer's starts by remembering that a senior's actions are rarely what they appear to be on the surface. When a behavior seems extreme or out of the ordinary, caregivers should look for the root cause of the actions or emotions. What are they really trying to communicate? Are they hungry, tired, in pain, needing to go to the bathroom, scared?
The most important part of Alzheimer's care is compassion. Seniors with dementia do not want to be going through the stages of this disease. They do not purposely behave erratically or make life difficult. Caregivers should always remember the Golden Rule and treat seniors with the respect and dignity they would want to receive.
Comfort Keepers provides professional dementia and Alzheimer's care. Their specially trained caregivers can come alongside family members and assist with care and support, offer training, provide respite services, or take over some, or even all, of a senior's required care. For more information, on this or another amazing service, contact a Comfort Keepers senior care coordinator today.