As a family caregiver, the care you give your aging parent during each stage of Alzheimer’s disease will make a tremendous impact on their health, safety, well-being, and quality of life as they age in place. Preparing for this care earlier in the disease gives you greater confidence, and helps you to feel secure in making the right decisions for your senor throughout the progression. During the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, the challenges and symptoms of the disease will become more severe, and they will be in need of further care.
Some ways you can care for an elderly adult who is in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Increase elder care to provide further supervision and support, especially a senior who has wandering tendencies
- Help your parent find the right incontinence products for them, and create a respectful, dignified, and healthy approach to handling these symptoms, including bladder training
- Encourage your parent to use personal GPS to reduce the danger for a senior who has wandering tendencies
- Encourage your parent to participate in a support group to help them cope with emotional issues, suspicions, and other changes
- Allow your parent to make decisions on a regular basis, even if they are with your support. For example, show the two complete outfits and have them choose which they want to wear
- Increase security around the home, such as adding more locks near the top and bottoms of the doors, and alarms on the windows, to prevent dangerous wandering
- Establish a sleep schedule and encourage your parent to follow it regularly so they get better sleep
- Find ways to distract your parent and keep their mind active to reduce repetitive or compulsive behaviors
Caring for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease can be an extremely challenging task. As a family caregiver, you are coping with their physical needs, their medical challenges, and the knowledge that they will continue to progress and require greater assistance. As their adult child, you are experiencing a wide range of emotions as you watch your parents struggle, experience there changes in personality and function, and prepare yourself for the realization that their life will come to an end. Starting elder care for your parent can be away it to not only improve the care of your parent receives, but also to help you cope with your own feelings and experiences during this time, and also focus on your parent-child relationship with your aging loved one. This provides greater meaning to your caregiver journey, and allows you to create memories you can cherish well into the future.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in River Oaks, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
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