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What Does It Mean to ‘Serve’ a Loved One with Alzheimer’s?

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.

Alzheimer's Care in Indian Trail NC

Alzheimer’s Care in Indian Trail NC

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.


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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.

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