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At What Stage Should Someone with Alzheimer’s Consider Professional Care?

Alzheimer’s Care in Wilton CT

It’s one of the most difficult questions to answer: when is it time for an elderly loved one to consider professional support and care, especially when they have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s? Family members want their aging parents and other loved ones to be safe, and when someone has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, they understand it’s a progressive disease for which there is presently no cure.

Alzheimer's Care in Wilton CT

Alzheimer’s Care in Wilton CT

There are three basic stages of Alzheimer’s disease. During the early stage, a person may be able to tend to most of their basic care, perhaps with a few reminders and some minimal support.

During the middle stage, memory loss is going to grow significantly and that can lead to confusion, frustration, and even major safety issues. It’s at this stage when a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s should seriously consider a professional home care aide.

During the later stages of this disease, memory loss will be significant, making it practically impossible for the senior to take care of himself or herself in a safe and healthy manner without some type of external support system in place.

So when is the right time to consider a professional Alzheimer’s care provider?

The best time to consider a home care aide, somebody who has a lot of experience working with seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, is as early as possible.

Even though the senior is fully capable of taking care of himself or herself at the moment, that’s not going to remain the same for long. They will face challenges and, when relying on a spouse or other family members to help out, there could be a number of missed opportunities to provide optimal support and care.

Even though the senior may be adamantly opposed to the idea, it may be necessary to try and explain the benefits of an experienced caregiver as opposed to relying on family members or friends.

Developing a routine.

One of the most important things experienced caregivers do as early as possible is help a person with Alzheimer’s develop a routine. It might not seem important at the moment, but in the years ahead when the senior is dealing with more significant memory loss, is confused, doesn’t recognize the people around them, or is having difficulty feeling comfortable in their own environment, that can lead to anxiety, aggressive outbursts, and other challenges.

By being guided into this routine, the senior will more likely feel comfortable and become redirected in a safer, more efficient manner. It all starts with early care and support.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Wilton, CT, please contact the caring staff at Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County today at 203-629-5029

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Dennis Patouhas

Having 40 plus years’ experience in finance, accounting, project management has enabled me to borrow upon experiences and disciplines from each to develop and grow a leading business in the Home Care market.

Established Comfort Keepers of Lower Fairfield County with wife Marian in 2001. We were the 61st of what now numbers over 750 offices nationally. The genesis was our experience with the care of seven elderly relatives, along with the need to provide more options to seniors who want to remain in their own homes but are challenged without safe, reliable services. With over 15 years in the home care industry, our office was at the forefront of this emerging industry and helped develop consumer awareness of this alternative to caring for the elderly and disabled.

Served as a member of National Advisory Committee, advisors to the Comfort Keepers Franchisor and past chairman of the Branding Committee. Past vice president of the Connecticut Chapter of the Homecare Association of America, an industry advocacy organization. The association provides industry and consumer education on issues of homecare as well as support and educational standards setting for the “employee based” homecare industry. Responsible for legislative development, worked with local and state legislators on rules and laws improving consumer and employee protection.

Host and Producer of An informative talk show on issues of getting older. Also authored numerous articles on the elderly and aging related issues.

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