Taking care of a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer’s can be a long, emotionally and physically taxing journey. It is a bit like running a 26 mile marathon as a adult while you have never run more than a high school 100m race – and that too where each mile is less predictable and more difficult than the previous one. The good thing is that you are not alone. Over 16 million people in the US are caring for someone in their family with this condition.
For most people, caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s or Dementia can be a very daunting and overwhelming task – one that they are least prepared or qualified for. As you look to strike a balance with a hybrid model of professional caregivers from a company like Care Mountain, and yourself or others as family based caregivers, we can help you learn and adapt to a complex world for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia – caregiving for such clients can be all-consuming and you can get disheartened, depressed, and even neglect your own well-being. Working as closely and as much as we do with clients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, we see this all the time especially when family members are also doubling up as caregivers part time.
Taking care of yourself means paying attention to your emotional and physical health and is crucial if you’re going to be an effective caregiver to your loved one with Dementia and Alzheimer’s . It can include anything from asking for help and taking a break, to getting professional study content or joining a support group. Here are 5 simple, yet highly effective ways you can achieve this:
As a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it is too easy to feel like you’re already not doing enough. This makes it harder for you to ask for help, even when you truly are exhausted, especially on the inside. Unfortunately, when you are not well rested, you can’t take care of your loved one either, which is why the second approach is to ask for help. Here are some tips:
As you go about taking care of yourself and your loved one, you should also:
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