Dementia and Why Regular Home Care Isn’t Enough

Most individuals reach an age where it is no longer as easy to perform daily tasks. As the years go by they’ll be needing more and more support, even if there are no health issues – hence the desire for a caregiver. While some families might decide to send their loved ones to a nursing home, generally a caregiver is the best choice because it makes it easier for all the parties involved.

However, there is another very big risk that most individuals are exposed to as they reach their golden years – dementia. Whether it’s suffering Alzheimer’s or another mental illness that eventually evolves into dementia, every family needs to be prepared for this sad and all-too-common outcome. Some families unfortunately don’t hire a caregiver experienced with dementia, usually sticking with a normal caregiver despite the symptoms. However, it just isn’t enough.

The first few years will be business as usual

Once the symptoms start appearing, generally things will still be all right. This is why some families opt to keep their caregiver despite knowing about the onset of Alzheimer’s. The individual in question will still be able to do just about everything they used to do, needing just about as much care as a regular caregiver can provide. However, more strenuous times will be experienced soon, which means that appropriate action should be taken.

Middle-stage Alzheimer’s is far more challenging

Once the best years have come and gone, the individual’s memory will take a nosedive – requiring far more care than they ever needed before. This is when things get very tricky, because bouts of confusion and aggression become all-too-common. If the caregiver isn’t fully equipped to deal with the matter, this is exactly when things become miserable for both the caregiver and your loved one. For the next several years it’s going to be like this day in and day out, and the right kind of care provided by those trained to deal with dementia becomes more and more necessary.

Eventually, all of this will become even more difficult when the later stage of Alzheimer’s rears its ugly head. Without the help of the right caregiver over the years, this can be an absolute nightmare to everyone involved. As a matter of fact, this type of dementia is normally left to somebody who is highly experienced. This is why it’s very important that dementia care at home is sought as soon as the symptoms arise. While this might be a little more costly than normal care, it will end up saving you a lot of time, stress and even money in the long run. While it’s unfortunate for anyone to end up with dementia, it can be made easier for everyone involved in the family with the right kind of care.

 

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