Caring for a senior loved one can be a difficult task. When your loved one lives with a condition such as dementia, providing care isn’t usually something you can do by yourself. There may be days when you feel like you’re alone and not providing adequate care for your loved one. Luckily, there are several places you can turn when you need help.
1. Friends and Family
Of course, one of the best places to turn when you need help caring for a senior loved one with dementia is your own support group. Siblings, children, grandchildren, neighbors, nieces, nephews—don’t be afraid to reach out to the dependable people in your life. Even if they can only provide a few hours of respite care during the week, it may be enough to help you de-stress and take care of some of your own personal needs. Just make sure those family members and friends who haven’t been in touch understand your loved one’s mental state may not be what it was previously.
Caring for a loved one with dementia is a challenging task for anyone. The responsibilities can sometimes feel overwhelming, but help is available. Seniors can face a variety of age-related challenges. Though some families choose to take on the caregiving duties, there may come a time when they need a trusted Clarksville homecare services provider. Families sometimes need respite from their duties so they can focus on their other responsibilities, and some seniors need around-the-clock assistance that their families are not able to provide.
2. Adult Day Care
Another option to consider is adult day care that specializes in caring for people with dementia. Many of these facilities provide safe and comfortable environments for people with mental and physical disabilities, and the staff members have the experience and training to work with people who have dementia. They may even provide transportation to and from the day care. Best of all, many of them allow you to drop your loved one off and pay hourly rates, so you can take advantage of it as much or as little as you want. However, the scheduling options may be limited.
3. Home Caregivers
Even better than taking your loved one to an adult day care, consider having a professional caregiver come into your loved one’s home. The scheduling for in-home caregivers can be as flexible as you need them to be. A properly trained home caregiver can provide respite care for you as the primary caregiver or stay with your loved one long-term to help with daily activities. Your loved one’s doctor can usually refer you to a reputable agency.
Having a professional caregiver nearby can give you peace of mind about your loved one’s safety and comfort. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same in-home care. Families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
4. Nonprofit Organizations
If none of those options work for you, look to local nonprofit organizations for help. For example, the Alzheimer’s Association has chapters across the United States, and seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s can turn to them for help with various services. They can provide information on resources in your community as well as educational material about dementia. Some even provide support groups for caregivers and relatives of people with dementia.
5. Government Resources
If all else fails, turn to your local, state, and federal governments. In the United States, the National Institute on Aging is an excellent resource for caregivers. Your state’s Department of Human Services may also offer resources, such as how to reach local chapters of national nonprofit organizations, laws regarding caring for seniors with dementia, how to become your loved one’s guardian, advanced directives, and much more.
Dementia can be challenging for seniors to manage, but they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional dementia care. Clarksville seniors can benefit greatly from the Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM), an activities-based program designed to promote cognitive health and delay the onset of dementia. CTM is included at no additional charge with any of the in-home care plans provided by Home Care Assistance. Trust your loved one’s care to the professionals at Home Care Assistance. To create a customized dementia home care plan for your loved one, call (931) 218-2781 today.