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Should Your Dad with Alzheimer’s Still Have a Dog?

Alzheimer’s Care in Mt. Laurel NJ

Alzheimer's CareYour father has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you assume he will need to give up his beloved rescue dog. After all, he has been living alone for a few years and already was struggling to take care of himself, let alone that dog.

There are certain factors that need to be considered before making a rash decision. Telling somebody else they have to give up a beloved pet should not be the right of any individual, family or otherwise.

While it may be, ultimately, the right decision, there are certain factors that need to be considered first.

Your father is an independent individual, still.

He has the right to determine his own course in life. If he wants home care support, for example, he can choose that option. If he wants to refuse help at the moment, support can’t be forced upon him. Just because he has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s doesn’t revoke his right to independent authority.

What about proper care for him or the animal?

If you’ve noticed issues that cause you serious concern about his ability to take care of himself or the dog, be as clear as you can about those concerns. Sit down and talk to him about those concerns. Instead of telling him what you think he should or shouldn’t do, find out what he thinks.

Far too often we have a tendency to assume we know what’s best for our loved ones, whether they’re an aging parent, children, brother or sister, or some other family member. We see the struggles they’re going through and want to help.

Just because you assume you know what’s best for your father at this point in his life doesn’t make it so. You may be right. He may be unable to take care of himself properly, much less a dog. However, the best thing you can do is sit down and talk to him about these concerns you have.

Listen to what he says.

It’s not enough just to tell him about your concerns or observations. You need to be able to listen to his own concerns.

He may very well feel as though he is unable to take care of this animal without help. However, he may also want to keep this beloved pet with him as long as possible.

If that’s the case, a home care aide would very likely be able to support him and assist him in taking care of this dog in a responsible and practical manner.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Mt. Laurel, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.

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Mariela McCarrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.