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Should your elder with Alzheimer’s live with you?

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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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Should your elder with Alzheimer’s live with you?

  1. 1. Should your elder with Alzheimer’s live with you?
  2. 2. Your Dad has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
  3. 3. Twice last week you found him on the floor in his home after he had lost his balance
  4. 4. He was confused and had been unable to get up by himself
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. Pros and cons to having a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease live with you and you need to consider each very carefully
  7. 7. They want to stay in a familiar environment where they feel comfortable, where they have some control, where their memories are What your loved one wants
  8. 8. They may feel that moving Dad to a nursing home is a betrayal. Harsh, but it happens What your loved one’s family wants
  9. 9. Your spouse and your children should have a say in this decision as well What your family wants
  10. 10. Some people simply cannot afford to place a loved one in a nursing facility The financial aspects
  11. 11. 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 The guilt factor
  12. 12. Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is not something that can be done by one person… You will need help Caregiver stress
  13. 13. Your spouse may be 100% supportive, but you will be spending a lot of time helping your loved one with all the tasks Marital strain
  14. 14. Your children and other members of the family will suffer the same lack of attention and time Family stress
  15. 15. Your relationships and performance at work may deteriorate if you are under too much stress at home. Work stress
  16. 16. Help is available
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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. http://www.keystoneinhomecare.com/should-your- elder-with-alzheimers-live-with-you/ http://www.keystoneinhomecare.com/ keystoneihc keystonecarepa KeystoneInHomeCareIncLancaster info@keystoneinhomecare.com

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