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Providing Alzheimer’s Care as a Family Member Leads to a Lot of Stress

Alzheimer’s Care in Stamford CT

Alzheimer's Care in Stamford CTWhen a family member is taking care of an elderly loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can lead to a great deal of stress and anxiety. It doesn’t matter whether the caregiver is the spouse, an adult child, a sibling, or someone else; stress is going to be part of the job.

Why Alzheimer’s care is a job.

It’s important to realize that caring for somebody with this form of dementia is a job. As with any job, there are going to be specific responsibilities the person has to live up to in order to ensure safety, comfort, and a high quality of life for that individual.

Consistency is one of the most important factors when it comes to being a caregiver. If the elderly client or loved one is expecting to have support in the morning to get out of bed and get dressed, and that support isn’t there, he or she may have to lay in bed far longer than they would like or may attempt to get out on their own. That can lead to an increased risk of falling and becoming injured.

A family member who is constantly on guard and on-call will ultimately feel a bit overwhelmed. If that caregiver is a spouse, such as a wife taking care of a husband, she may have difficulty supporting him in a physical sense. If he’s much larger than she is, supporting his weight can take a toll, especially on an older body.

As people get older, their strength declines. This makes it much more difficult for a senior to provide the physical support another elderly individual might require.

As Alzheimer’s progresses, it can open up a host of other challenges the family member may have to face. This can include potentially verbal or physically aggressive behavior on the part of the person with Alzheimer’s, memory loss where the senior doesn’t recognize the person helping him or her, and other significant challenges.

Verbal and even physical outbursts can cause a great deal of emotional harm and anxiety for the person on the receiving end. It may not be personal or have anything to do with that individual, but that doesn’t help alleviate the pain it can cause.

When a family member is overwhelmed by the care and support they offer a loved one with Alzheimer’s, home care is the best option to consider. This will allow the senior to remain within the comfort of his or her home and to be able to rely on someone with experience working with other seniors diagnosed with this form of dementia.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Stamford, CT please contact the caring staff at Fairfield Family Care at 203-295-3477.

 

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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