Atlanta In-Home Memory Care For Your Loved One With Alzheimer’s
Your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and all of a sudden, a million questions pop up in your head. How will this disease progress? What are the coping strategies? How can I take the best care of my loved ones and help them overcome this challenge? Yes, a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can change every aspect of your family’s life. However, with years of experience providing in-home memory care for Atlanta, we at Trinity Life know that you and your family can get through this. We would like to provide you with some tips on steps that you can take to ease your family’s concerns and help you, as a caregiver, on this new journey.
Coping with Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Society suggests breaking coping mechanisms into four different groups.
- Emotional Strategies
- Health Improvement Strategies
- Social Strategies
- Practical Strategies
We will elaborate on each of these strategies and suggest ways to help you and your loved one on this Alzheimer’s journey.
Healing takes time. Accepting the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or any dementia-related disease can be difficult to hear. Therefore, you should allow some time for you and your loved one to grieve. Meanwhile, there are certain things that you can do to help your parent emotionally adjust and transition through the change.
Reaffirm their identity. While it is easy to let Alzheimer’s define who your loved one is and control how they feel, it doesn’t have to be that way. Make a habit of reminding your senior loved one of who they are and how much they mean to you and the whole family. Engage them in activities where they feel appreciated in fulfilling their roles. Regardless of the circumstances, it’s important that your loved one know that they are a crucial part of your family.
Keep them active in household activities that are within their abilities and can be done together. Examples are: cooking dinner, folding laundry and reading books with the little ones. The key is doing these activities together to remind them of older memories and make new ones for your family.
Express your love. Anger, denial, fear, resentment – these are some of the emotions that your parent may go through when facing the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Such a wide range of negative emotions needs to be compensated with love and patience from you and every member in the family. Though it may take a while, the compassion and love that you show over time will create a significantly positive impact on your loved one.
Health Improvement Strategies
Consult a doctor’s advice on the level of activities that your loved one should have and the diet that they need to follow. Think about the things that interest them and make a list of activities that they would enjoy, such as going on a walk. If possible you should engage them in creative activities like scrapbooking or doing a puzzle. Going through family photo albums is another excellent idea as it helps to trigger good memories and evoke a sense of self. In addition, in terms of nutrition, you may wish to consider the Mediterranean diet as it has been shown to help fight heart disease and cognitive decline. Again be sure that you consult your loved one’s doctor first to assure that any dietary or physical exercise changes are advised.
In the face of Alzheimer’s diagnosis, many senior adults choose to isolate themselves to cope with the pain. In such cases, it may be challenging to engage them to participate in social activities and you will have to be patient. Bear in mind that participating in social activities can make a world of difference to your loved one’s health, both physically and mentally. Below are some activities that may spark your loved one’s interest and motivate them to remain socially active.
Family outings. At this point, maintaining close relationships with all the family members is more important to your loved one than ever. Surround your loved one with familiar faces and the love that they deserve to make some great memories that they can cherish. Also, make sure that you provide some education on Alzheimer’s to the rest of the family in advance so that they will know what to expect.
Support groups. Check online for local support groups that you and your loved one can attend to in person. In addition, you can consider virtual support groups if commuting to the location is inconvenient. Whatever the option maybe, being able to share the feelings and struggles that your loved one is going through can do wonders for you and your loved one’s mental health.
Spiritual support. If your loved one is a religious person, faith is where they may find peace and the strength to conquer their negative feelings. The community support at religious institutions can also be tremendous and help them find the comfort that they need.
Learning about your loved one’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be difficult but it is important to plan for the future. Here are some things that you should address as soon as possible.
- Living arrangements. Be candid with your loved one about the living and care preferences that they want. Help them explore options and research the costs. Trinity Life for Atlanta can offer in-home care services that will allow your loved one to live in their home as long as possible.
- Finance. Help your parent legally authorize someone that they trust to handle financial matters.
- End-of-life planning. Make sure that your loved one is comfortable with getting legal affairs in order and discuss important matters such as a power of attorney, advance directive, will and funeral service wishes, etc.
Trinity Life at Home, Your Sensitive Choice For In Home Memory Care in Atlanta
When a family member is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other cognitive disease, it takes a toll on the whole family. Learning about the amount of care needed and what type of supports are available can be very overwhelming. At Trinity Life at Home, we understand the challenges that you are facing as a caregiver. As a trusted provider of in-home care services for over 11 years, we have the team, experience, and training to assist your loved one. With our in-home care services, we allow your loved one with Alzheimer’s to stay safe as long as possible in the comfort of their own home.