There are more than 5 million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. There are more than 15 million people who are acting as caregivers for these people. A whopping 35 percent of caregivers who are caring for someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, more than 1 in every 3 caregivers, reports that they have experienced a negative impact on their personal health as a result of their caregiving efforts. This is compared to the only 19 percent of those caregivers who are caring for elderly adults who are not living with this condition, less than 1 in every 5.
These numbers can seem shocking, but they illustrate an important point for anyone who is considering becoming, or is, a family caregiver for an elderly adult who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that is that this role is extremely challenging and can put your own health and well-being at risk.
Fortunately, there is respite care. This type of care involves a home care provider stepping in to fill care gaps on a temporary or occasional basis. As opposed to other types of home care that involve a regular, custom schedule of care, respite care is designed to allow a family caregiver to handle other tasks in their life, or just take a much-deserved break while still being confident that their senior is getting the care that they need.
If your aging parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease, taking time to focus on your own needs while caring for them is not selfish, it is necessary. This self-care reduces stress, protects you from a wide range of mental, emotional, and physical health challenges, safeguards your quality of life now and into the future, and also helps to ensure that you can give your parent the highest quality of care possible when you are caring for them.
Whether you have recently found out that your aging parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease, or they have been progressing through this disease for some time and have developed symptoms that you do not feel you can handle on your own, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting home care for them. A senior home care services provider can act as a supplement to the care that you already give your senior so that you can feel confident that they are getting everything that they need, while also reducing your stress, easing your care burden, and allowing you to focus on your own health, well-being, and quality of life as well.
These highly personalized services can include managing sensitive tasks that you are not comfortable handling, providing safe transportation, offering companionship and support, assisting with activities of daily living, and providing personal care designed to specifically help your loved one with the struggles that they are facing now, and those that they may develop later in their progression.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Penfield NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and surrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.