Dementia Changes more than the Patient and Proper Alzheimer’s Care Matters in Dover, NH
Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can feel as though it’s a death sentence. The patient may immediately worry about the future, feeling as though he or she might lose control of their emotions, their body, and even lose their memories. It’s a frightening place to be in those early days.
It can also impact other people around the patient. For those who have been diagnosed with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, proper care is going to be crucial to long-term health and well-being.
For far too many families, they turn to one another in an effort to find the proper level of care and support for the patient. This most commonly is a burden that adult children end up working to bear. Yet, depending on the situation within the family and the particular dynamics involved, dementia can have a long lasting negative impact on certain members of the family and not just the elderly patient.
Alex Witchel recounts for AARP The Magazine in the piece, How Dementia Changes Families:
“Also, at that point, all my siblings had infants or toddlers; one lived far away, and another was coping with illness of her own. I lived nearby, had two grown stepchildren and worked, much of the time, from home. Since that phrase seemed to evoke images of bonbons and Jacuzzis, I resented both the presumption that I was eternally available and the fact that I was saddled with the responsibility. At first. But once I delegated a doctor’s appointment or two and realized that most of my questions had gone unasked by the well-meaning sibling in charge, I embraced my own type A compulsiveness, quit complaining and did it myself. Unsurprisingly, no one has minded.
So for the past seven years I have run my parents’ home — paid their bills and their taxes, made sure their worn-out underwear gets replaced. After my father’s initial anger, he settled down, for the most part, retreating into the denial where he was most comfortable.”
It is important for family members to step up and determine if proper and even adequate Alzheimer’s care is possible for the patient with their resources and time availability. If not –if the patient’s health and well-being may not be protected in the best and most effective manner possible- then it may be time to consider hiring a professional, experienced Alzheimer’s care provider.
The sooner that proper care is provided to the dementia patient, the better it will be for him or her over time.
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