Everyone that has had a friend or family member suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease understands what a tragic and heartbreaking disease it can be. For family caregivers providing Alzheimer’s home care for a loved one, the disease can present challenges that most personal care assistants don’t have to deal with.
In addition to the day-to-day struggles of providing Alzheimer’s home care for a senior, the stigma around the disease can make it difficult to educate your loved one about what they are experiencing. These stigmas often prevent patient from seeking help and can prevent them from living the best quality of life possible.
Those suffering from Alzheimer’s often struggle with stigmas and as a result, do not:
- Seek medical treatment for symptoms
- Make appropriate plans for the future
- Receive a proper diagnosis
- Develop a network of for support and guidance
While it can be hard to admit that someone is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, it is imperative to acknowledge this in order for the patient to live the best life possible. PCAs and family caregivers can help those living with Alzheimer’s accept their diagnosis and help them continue to lead great lives by breaking down stigmas around Alzheimer’s. Family caregivers should:
- Be Honest: Speak openly with the Alzheimer’s home care patient about the disease and discuss options.
- Seek Support: Find groups that offer caregiver support and education for those living with Alzheimer’s and attend regularly with your loved one.
- Offer Education: Teach those around you and your loved one about the effects of Alzheimer’s and promote awareness.
Providing Alzheimer’s home care services can be a very difficult task for any home care professional or family caregiver. This task only becomes increasingly difficult as the disease progresses. The team at Best Home Care has helped many personal care assistants find support and guidance while providing in-home supportive services for Alzheimer’s patients. Contact us today to learn more about the opportunities for Alzheimer’s support and education in your community.