Your Dad has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Twice last week you found him on the floor in his home after he had lost his balance. He was confused and had been unable to get up by himself.
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Twice last week you found him on the floor in his home after he had lost his balance
Living completely alone is no longer an option. You are his caregiver. Now it’s time for a major decision. Does Dad come to live with you? Or has that time passed? Is it time to place him in a facility?
Pros and cons to having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease live with you and you need to consider each very carefully
They want to stay in a familiar environment where they feel comfortable, where they have some control, where their memories are
They may feel that moving Dad to a nursing home is a betrayal. Harsh, but it happens
Your spouse and your children should have a say in this decision as well
Some people simply cannot afford to place a loved one in a nursing facility
Placing your loved one in a nursing home feels like putting him or her in… someplace very odd, no matter how nice the facility is or how caring the staff
Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is not something that can be done by one person…You will need help
Your spouse may be 100% supportive, but you will be spending a lot of time helping your loved one with all the tasks
Your children and other members of the family will suffer the same lack of attention and time
Your relationships and performance at work may deteriorate if you are under too much stress at home.
There are adult daycare centers, where seniors are entertained during the day.
In home care is available. Caregivers can come and spend time with your loved one for a few hours a week or every day, allowing you to get out and run errands or take the family to dinner and a movie.
Respite care allows you to place your loved one in a facility for a few days or have an in home caregiver stay with your loved one while you go on vacation or just take time off.
If you’re family situation is not clear cut, contact us at Keystone In Home care and we can discuss options a plan for you and your loved one.