Those suffering from Alzheimer’s oftentimes need regular care. It's a disease that not only impacts the individual, but their entire family, as well. If you have a loved one in the New Haven area diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you likely know that providing care alone is typically not sustainable. That said, many individuals suffering from Alzheimer's can still stay in their homes, especially if they're in the early stages of the disease. They may simply need some extra help and support from an Alzheimer's care provider, like Visiting Angels® New Haven.
So, if you're facing this situation and want to ensure your loved one lives in an environment that's as safe as possible, ask yourself these questions about the following areas:
Health. Can your loved one take their medication on time? Would they be able to call for help if they fell or were injured? Are they meeting their own physical needs, such as with proper bathing and dressing? Are they at risk due to any other health concerns?
Diet. Is your loved maintaining their weight? Can they still prepare food on their own? Are they eating nutritiously throughout the day? What about their cupboards and fridge? Are they empty or full of expired items?
Safety. Is your loved one at risk for wandering or injury? Do they pose a risk for others around them? Can they react appropriately in the case of an emergency, like a fire? Has their home been properly modified with handrails, extra lighting, and grab bars to ensure they stay safe when you're not there?
Quality of life. How would you describe your loved one's quality of life? Are they still active and engaged? Or could they benefit from companionship and extra support?
Another area to focus on is the overall impact caregiving has on you. If you're facing burnout - and feeling overwhelmed, depressed, hopeless, or angry - don't feel guilty. It's a common response, but also a sign that it's time for Alzheimer's care from a professional agency, such as Visiting Angels New Haven.
Your loved one is precious and you want to ensure they get the best care possible. At Visiting Angels New Haven, we can deliver it with our Alzheimer's care program designed specifically for those suffering from the disease. With this program, your loved one will get a care plan personalized to their particular needs and situation, along with compassionate and knowledgeable caregivers to deliver it.
Whether your loved one was just diagnosed or has been living with Alzheimer's for awhile, we can help. Call Visiting Angels New Haven today to set up your free consultation. We're available to deliver Alzheimer's care to seniors in New Haven, CT, as well as Woodbridge, Bethany, Milford, Whitneyville, Stratford, Bridgeport, Branford, Cheshire, North Haven and the surrounding communities.