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5 Things Someone with Alzheimer’s Might Want You to Know

Alzheimer’s Care in Charlotte NC

Alzheimer's Care in Charlotte NCJune is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and when supporting a family member who has been diagnosed with this form of dementia, it might be easy to overlook the fears, concerns, or questions, they might have.

We all have a tendency to get caught up in our own concerns, but below are five things someone with Alzheimer’s might just want you to know, whether you’re planning to provide care for them, supporting them, or you’re thinking about hiring a home care aide.

  1. It doesn’t define them.

Alzheimer’s is just a diagnosis. It doesn’t define them. What that means is sometimes it’s easy to define a person by the disease or condition they have. Many people immediately think of memory loss, wandering, and confusion as the primary signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

When you approach supporting and caring for them based on that, it’s not taking them, their personal interests, and the things they want to do into account.

  1. They deserve respect.

Every person deserves respect, whether they are infants or in their 80s, 90s, or older and whether or not they have been diagnosed with some form of dementia.

The best way to offer respect is to talk about care options with them instead of making those decisions for them.

  1. They can’t do this alone.

Far too often somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s will immediately assume they can take care of themselves. That’s because the earlier signs and symptoms, even though they begin to impact daily life, are still considered relatively mild. There are plenty of reminder devices and other technologies that can help them keep track of appointments, things they need to do, and even conversations.

Over time, though, they aren’t going to be able to do this on their own.

  1. They need you to understand and accept them.

When your time is extremely limited, you might not have a tendency to listen or focus on the conversation at hand. These seniors need and deserve to be listened to, understood, and accepted.

Acceptance is vital for everyone, especially when it comes to self-esteem, confidence, and fighting off the potential for depression and anxiety.

  1. They still exist, so talk to them.

Just because a senior might have difficulty keeping track of conversations they had recently doesn’t mean they want to be ignored. They do still exist and it’s important to have conversations with them, spend quality time with them, and allow them to feel connected to those who matter most.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Charlotte, NC please contact the caring staff at BlueDot Cares. 704-586-9248

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Kevin Bilderback

Owner at BlueDot Cares
Kevin Bilderback, CEO and President of the BlueDot family of companies, founded BlueDot’s first healthcare company, BlueDot Medical, in 2002.Since then, BlueDot has become one of the fastest growing companies in America and has made Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing companies five times (http://www.inc.com/profile/bluedot-medical).Kevin attributes the growth to hiring amazing people who provide great care and inspire independence in the home.

Kevin’s passion to inspire independence has helped over 40,000 local families regain independence in the home.It was through helping these families that Kevin identified a gaping hole in the health care sector.People want to recover and age at home and current in-home care options make it hard and inefficient to do so.Families have to piece together providers for the needs of their loved ones.

Kevin founded BlueDot Cares to fix this challenge for families.BlueDot’s family of companies provides a synergy of care allowing loved ones to recover or age where they want to – at home.Families can feel comfort that their loved ones not only have the most supportive and best caregivers; but also, they will have the equipment they need to remain safe at home.

BlueDot has grown over the years because Kevin truly cares, the employees care, the referring physicians care, the current clients that refer friends and family to BlueDot CARE!BlueDot is part of the community and is honored to show the community that BlueDot cares through a corporate initiative.For every new BlueDot Cares client, a bed will be purchased for a child in need in the community.

BlueDot cares and will inspire in more ways than one!

For more information on Kevin and BlueDot, please visit his LinkedIn Page (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-bilderback-1bb3326)

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