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Caring for a loved one with dementia?
Seniors who are living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of demetia require special care. So do their caregivers.
Call (706) 769-7277 today for a free Consultation with a Care Counselor.
Caring for a Senior with Dementia
We know that dementia is stressful to care for. When your loved one has Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia, all the rules get thrown out. It’s not like caring for COPD, a heart attack, or a stroke. You need specialized care to try to mitigate the amount of stress that you’re going through. It’s just a different animal.
Live With Them in the Moment
At Care to Continue, we’ve learned that with Alzheimer’s and dementia, our solutions cannot be ordinary. One of the things that we’ve learned is that when you have a loved one with a cognitive impairment, you have to actually live with them in the moment.
One of the things that we typically want to do when they say things that are real to them but we know aren’t true, is to respond with, “Oh no, Mom, that’s not really happening to you.” We have learned instead that we have to train our caregivers, through role play and other strategies, to live in the moment with your loved one. This will actually reduce their anxiety level.
It Starts With You
The other part of the solution is that we understand that as an informal caregiver, we have to help you take really good care of yourself. What we have gotten really good at is what we call our Family Care Coaching program, where we coach you and your family through some of the most difficult decisions as you deal with a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Specialized Dementia Care
As a family member, caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, you need a break from the stressfulness of the situation. Care to Continue provides specialized dementia respite care to meet that need. Our caregivers are not only rigorously screened and interviewed, but beyond that we do a specialized dementia training program so that they are well equipped to care for the needs that your loved one has. Again, this is not the same as other medical issues. Dementia is stressful and requires specialized caregivers.
If your family member is struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia, we want to help. Please call us at (706) 769-7277