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Setting Affairs in Order when Alzheimer’s Care becomes Necessary

Alzheimer’s Care in Salisbury NC

When George was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s it wasn’t a complete surprise to him. He had been worried that something was wrong when he noticed the struggles he was having with various Alzheimer’s-Care-Salisbury-NCmemories. He couldn’t recall conversations he had with people the previous day, had difficulty keeping track of doctor’s appointments, when family or friends were going to stop by, and more.

At first he didn’t think it was important to rely on a professional Alzheimer’s care provider. His wife had passed away three years earlier and he was living alone. Just because he was only experiencing minor memory loss, he soon realized this was significant. It was affecting him in many different ways.

Over time he began to look into various home care services through local agencies. After talking to his adult son about the prospect of hiring a professional Alzheimer’s care provider, he also knew it was time to begin setting certain affairs in order.

What does this mean?

When you plan to set affairs in order, it essentially refers to a will, living will, what type of care you may wish to rely on, especially if you become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself.

George understood that at some point in time he was going to lose more and more mental faculty. This is going to make it difficult for him to make decisions or convince his family members about what he wanted to deal with in the future.

How did George go about settling affairs?

The first thing George did was to sit down with his three adult children and some other important family members and discuss the long-term aspects of Alzheimer’s. He only gathered this information by asking questions of his doctor, reading about the disease and how it will progress, learning the various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and more. He let them know what they should expect and decided he wants to remain home for the rest of his life, if possible.

That meant he needed to begin working with the home care aide now and increase those hours in time.

He also explained his will to each person invested in it. He then sat down to discuss his living will and wishes should something happen and he be unable to communicate those desires. The most important thing to him was that no matter what happened he would remain home for as long as possible, unless hospitalization was necessary or hospice care would become important.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Salisbury NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at (704) 207-0265

 

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Renee Gray

Founder, Owner, President at TenderHearted Home Care
As Founder, Owner & President of TenderHearted Home Care, I have always had a heart for helping others. I started with babysitting while a teenager, assisting the mentally disabled in a work environment for 10 years, homeschooling my two sons, serving others for 9 years while employed through the local hospital and since 2011 have been focused on helping seniors to maintain their independence in the comfort of their own home. I am a Certified Senior Care Manager (CSCM) as designated by the Association of Care Services At Home (www.acsah.org).

I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.

I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.