Important questions arise when a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. If you don’t explore these questions you may not understand what to expect as the disease progresses. It’s also a good idea to be very clear on what rights that senior maintains, even as the years march on.
They maintain all rights.
They are independent individuals who have the right to decide what happens in their life. As the disease progresses and begins to steal away more mental faculties, and memories, they may have more difficulty determining what’s best for their own personal health care, and that’s why it’s such a good idea to sit down and speak to them about their wishes while they’re lucid and have a clear understanding about the future expectations.
How do you understand their wishes?
The best way to do this is to be clear on what the expectations are. Do they prefer to remain at home for the rest of their life? Most people do, but not everyone will.
If the senior wants to remain at home for the rest of his or her life, how is that going to be possible? Will they require extra home health care? Will they have some family or friends who will be able to support them? Will those family members and friends understand the best ways to provide the highest quality of life and proper support for them?
Relying on home health care support, including aides, a visiting nurse, and other professionals might be beneficial to help them stay safe and be as healthy as possible in those more advanced years of Alzheimer’s.
When you’re able to sit down and speak to them about what they prefer to happen in the future, even if they’re no longer capable of making rational decisions at some point in time, that will lay the foundation for better care and more understanding among all family members and friends.
Safety is essential.
As the disease progresses it will make safety a greater concern for not just the senior but his or her family. The more experience a caregiver has, the better they will be able to focus on safety and make sure that senior is not put at unnecessary risk, either by oversight or negligence.
Home health care is the best option.
When it comes to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, relying on home health care support is, hands down, the best option for providing comfort, safety, and helping the senior maintain a higher quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Health Care Services in Greece 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.
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