Senior Care Resources and Information in Charlotte, NC

How to Find Support When You Have a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Charlotte NC

Alzheimer's CareThe days may be getting shorter now as summer winds down, but for those who might be caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, such as a spouse or parent, it can certainly feel like they’re getting longer and longer.

It’s far too easy to feel overwhelmed when you have only so much time on your hands and you worry endlessly about how a loved one is managing. You’re not there with them every minute of the day, so to some degree you have to trust that everything will be fine.

As the disease progresses, Alzheimer’s will present with different signs and symptoms and eventually the senior will require more and more assistance. Again, you can’t be there all the time, even if you’re retired yourself and don’t have a job to get to.

Finding ways to support seniors.

There are other options, including professional home care services and support. It’s easy to know that, but not as easy to actually get the help that senior requires.

Where support is found.

The best place to start looking for support and assistance for a senior with Alzheimer’s is through a home care agency that has experience dealing with this particular disease. Like other forms of dementia, memory loss is the most significant sign and symptom of it and when you rely on experienced caregivers, they can provide comfort to the senior, and maybe even some answers to family and friends about what they might expect in the future.

Hire home care support.

Bringing in a home care provider to support your senior loved one – and to offer respite for you – can be an invaluable service. Experienced professionals can help you handle the difficult stages of the disease, and offer you time to spend with your elderly parent in a more relaxed capacity.

Speak to others.

Other people who have gone through the same situation you’re going through now can offer a great deal of comfort. You might discover things about this disease and what to expect in the years ahead you hadn’t considered previously.
Most importantly, you’ll find out that talking to people can alleviate a great deal of stress and anxiety from your mind, helping you find comfort, especially late at night when sleep seems so far away.

Just because a person may have time to devote to their mother or father who is dealing with Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, or that it’s the right step to take. When it’s needed, realize that there are ways to get support, both for you and the senior.


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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.