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Alzheimer's Care in Reading: When is it Time?

provider of Alzheimer's care in Reading with elderly patient

Many families in the Reading, PA area have difficulties determining when loved ones need Alzheimer’s care. While a senior may have few symptoms when they are first diagnosed, these symptoms can progress over time, leaving families unsure of where to draw the line between a senior remaining independent and a senior needing support.

When deciding if your loved one in the Reading area needs Alzheimer's care, it’s important to be proactive. Arranging care early will help keep your loved one safe and help them maintain a high quality of life.

To help you decide when care is needed for your loved one, we’ve created a list of the most common signs that a loved one needs support.

When Seniors in Reading Need Alzheimer's Care

If you think your loved one in Reading, Wyomissing, Morgantown, Shillington, Sinking Springs, or the surrounding areas could benefit from Alzheimer's care, some signs to look out for include:

  • Difficulties Managing Medications. If your loved one is unable to remember to take the right medications at the right times, they could be putting their health at risk. Caregivers can offer medication reminders and other helpful cues such as when to eat, bathe, and attend appointments.
  • Wandering and Disorientation. Disorientation due to Alzheimer’s can cause your loved one to wander off and get lost. An Alzheimer’s care provider can help keep your loved one in the Reading area safe by offering monitoring and wandering prevention.
  • Changes in Health and Well-being. Alzheimer's can make it difficult for your loved one to safely and comfortably live at home. If you’ve noticed weight loss or poor personal hygiene in your loved one, they could be in need of support. Caregivers can be there to provide personal care, assistance with light housekeeping, meal preparation, and more.
  • Caregiver Stress or Burnout. In addition to affecting seniors, Alzheimer’s also affects families who support their loved ones through the disease. If you find yourself exhausted or feeling burnt out when providing Alzheimer’s care to a loved one in the Reading, PA area, know it’s okay to ask for help. Caregivers can offer compassionate support to your loved one and much-needed respite to you and your family.

When seniors need a helping hand, families know they can rely on the Alzheimer’s care services we offer at Visiting Angels® Reading. Call us today to learn how we can help your loved one.

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