Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that causes memory loss, personality and behavior changes, and a decline in the ability to think clearly. For people with this disease they must be taken care of with people trained in Alzheimer’s care. Caring for people with Alzheimer’s can be very difficult and requires a lot of patience since the changes in behavior are often completely out of character. The afflicted hardly seem like their former selves. For this reason, Alzheimer’s care must be done with a very forgiving and able hand.
What Can You Do?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease so Alzheimer’s care will need to be performed for the rest of the person’s life. A good option for Alzheimer’s care is to take the person to a special home or center where the staff is trained to handle this specific disease. You will rest assured that your loved one will get the care and attention they need while they live out the rest of their days. These places can most often allow the person to live peacefully and restfully while they deal with Alzheimer’s disease.
The drawback to the homes and centers that specialize in Alzheimer’s care is that they can be very expensive. Some people can live ten, twenty, sometimes thirty years with Alzheimer’s disease, and an extended stay at one of these facilities can cost a lot of money. Insurance and certain assistance programs are available and can help with the costs, but, the truth is, most families don’t have the money it takes to allow their loved ones the privilege of being at one of these homes.
Caring for Alzheimer’s at Home
For these families, Alzheimer’s care must begin and end at home, but it is a very difficult task even for the most educated, patient, and able-bodied person. Alzheimer’s disease causes people to do things they normally wouldn’t do if they didn’t have the disease. Some people can become violent, hitting those that are trying to care for them, but you must remember that they don’t know that they are behaving that way. The people performing the Alzheimer’s care must keep their emotions to themselves and understand that the person is sick. Nothing the patient does or says should be taken personally.
Another major obstacle for performing Alzheimer’s care at home is that normal household items can become dangerous to those afflicted with the disease. The house should be configured and made safe for people with the disease in the same way you would safe guard against a small child living the house. People with Alzheimer’s can cut themselves with kitchen knives, burn themselves on the stove, or they could just wander outside.
Alzheimer’s care should be performed in a special facility by people who are specially trained. Caring for a loved one with this disease can be done at home, though the person doing the care should be prepared for a long, very challenging task. While it’s important to do what’s best for the patient, living with Alzheimer’s is very hard. We should try and make the rest of our loved ones’ lives as comfortable as possible.