Alzheimer’s Care in Indian Trail NC
Alzheimer’s, the word alone, can instill fear, anxiety, and an incredible amount of stress and worry into a person’s life. For those who have recently heard about this for a parent or other family member, it may be difficult to grasp.
Of course, many people worry about dementia and Alzheimer’s when a loved one begins exhibiting certain symptoms, especially memory loss. A person will likely struggle with their memory in the months and years leading up to diagnosis. Far too often, though, at least in the beginning those symptoms are passed off as the natural process of aging, or senility.
When that senior is finally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it becomes readily apparent he or she will require some level of care and assistance into the future. A spouse, adult child, friends, and other family members are often more than willing and ready to step up and help out, but what they don’t usually consider is ‘serving’ that senior.
What does it mean to ‘serve?’
It’s one thing to stop by a person’s house, assist them in doing the laundry, with some light housekeeping, taking them to a doctor’s appointment, and more, but it is something completely different to actually serve them.
By serving someone, an individual is putting their needs ahead of their own. They are making sure that other individual is comfortable, safe, and in a good situation, or at least as good as can be expected in any particular environment.
For family members who may be more than willing to step up and ‘help out,’ what are they offering? Are they offering to stop by a couple of days a week and ‘check in on’ the senior? Are they willing to do some vacuuming, light dusting, carrying the laundry down and back up from the basement, do some basic shopping for food supplies, and so on?
That doesn’t necessarily ‘serve’ the senior who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. What is that person going to require? What could a potential caregiver do that helps to maximize their quality of life, not just now, but into the future?
When a person truly wants to serve a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they should understand the importance of routine. They should understand the value of mental stimulation. They should realize the impact that sitting down and having conversations, looking through old photo albums, and actually listening to what the senior has to say can have for him or her.
Having enough time to just check in and help out every once in a while is okay, but a home care aide is somebody who truly understands the value of these other things. They truly understand the impact that serving someone else can have in their life, for their future, and for their emotional and mental well-being.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ALZHEIMER’S CARE IN INDIAN TRAIL, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.
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