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Planning Ahead for Long-Term Alzheimer’s Care

Alzheimer’s Care in Bristol CT

Alzheimer's CarePeople plan ahead for many different reasons. A lot of people plan for retirement, building a portfolio that allows them to save as much money as possible, and even make plans for the places they would like to visit or the things they want to do. Some people make plans for a family vacation. However, not enough people make long-term plans for their care in the future. This can include those who may have recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The moment a person receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, it can be quite a shock, not just to them but the rest of their family. There may have been a family history of dementia that caused the individual to expect something like this, especially if they begin dealing with memory loss for some time. However, during the initial stages of this disease, the senior or other individual likely will be able to tend to their own basic care for the most part.

That means he or she may not be ready or willing to even consider the prospect of long-term Alzheimer’s care.

The sooner it begins, the better the person will be.

By focusing on just the immediate present or the immediate future, that is doing a disservice to the person who has been diagnosed with this particular disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and at the moment there is no cure for it. That means the symptoms and signs of Alzheimer’s disease will continue to progress and grow more severe over time.

Eventually, it will become more difficult for the person to take care of themselves, remembering appointments and birthdates, and they will likely become confused about the date, where they are, and the people around them.

The best way to plan for long-term care when it comes to Alzheimer’s is to focus on experienced caregivers. Family members and friends often mean well when they agree to take care of their loved one, but an experienced caregiver, such as a home care aide, can be a much more powerful resource.

Mental stimulation, routines, and more can provide a great deal of comfort to somebody with Alzheimer’s. It may not seem to make a big difference during those earlier stages, but when they are anxious or stressed because they don’t recognize their surroundings, guiding them into a routine they began working on years earlier can provide them the comfort that helps calm them down.

As you can see, making long-term plans for somebody with Alzheimer’s will provide numerous benefits down the road.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Bristol, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Bristol at 860-597-3924.

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Sandy Fiorito

Director of Care Services at SYNERGY HomeCare of Greater Bristol
Sandy Fiorito RN, is the Director of Care Services at Synergy Homecare of Greater Bristol.Sandy has been a nurse for over 35 years with a wide range of experience in hospital settings.Most recently she was the head nurse for the medical component at the Wheeler Clinic’s Northwest Village School.Sandy’s skills as a nurse are a great asset to Synergy clients because she is able to successful bridge the non-medical care with the skilled care aspects of a client’s needs.

What our clients say most is that they come to rely on Sandy’s calm assurance when they discuss the plans to keep their loved ones at home.They also love her calm way with their elderly parents as they make the sometimes difficult transition to having to acknowledge the need to have help.

Sandy loves to work on her flowers in the yard and golf.The rest of her free time is spent with her three grandchildren.

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