The middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease tends to be the longest. This stage can last for several years, during which your parent will experience an increase in challenges and symptoms. Just as in the mild, or early, stage of their disease, your role as their family caregiver will be valuable to how they cope with these challenges and needs, and how prepared they are to continue progressing through this disease.
During this time you will need to utilize a variety of tools and skills to help you ensure that your parent gets the care and assistance that they need, but also that you are able to manage these tasks in a way that is healthy and beneficial for you. Your role for this time is to keep your parent safe, healthy, and comfortable, continue to support as much independence as possible, and prepare them for the further challenges of advanced stage Alzheimer’s as well as their end-of-life transition.
Some of the skills and tools that you will need to use during this time include:
- Flexibility that will allow you to adjust your care and your schedule as is required
- Patience to deal with the increased challenges that your parent will experience, including increased communication problems that can make it harder to interact with and understand your parent
- Sense of humor that will help you to cope with the challenges, negative behaviors, and other emotional issues of this time
- Compassion that will keep you connected to your parent and remind you that this is a disease and not your parent that is causing the difficulties that you face, including lashing out and resisting care
- Love that will support your relationship with your parent, ensure that you give them the care that they deserve, and allow you to make memories that you can treasure as you move forward
If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parent’s quality of life and ensure that they are getting everything that they need as they age in place, starting elderly care for them may be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a customized schedule that works for them. This means that they will have access to ongoing care, support, and assistance, but you can continue to give them all of the care that you are able and willing to give them. Through a set of highly personalized services, this care provider will help your parent to address their individual needs, challenges, and limitations while also encouraging them to maintain a lifestyle that is as healthy, independent, safe, comfortable, active, and fulfilling as possible throughout their later years. These services can be particularly valuable if your senior is living with health issues and challenges, such as Alzheimer’s disease, that require care and assistance on a regular basis.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME ELDERLY CARE IN SUN CITY, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.