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Is It Practical for Your Father, with Alzheimer’s, to Stay Home?

Alzheimer’s Care in Bordentown NJ

Alzheimer's CareDealing with Alzheimer’s is going to be challenging. This and other forms of dementia are most commonly associated with memory loss. In fact, memory loss is one of the earliest signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. When it began impacting your father’s memory, maybe you had some questions.

He may have had concerns as well.

Most of us aren’t ignorant, naïve, or stupid. If we suddenly can’t keep track of conversations, can’t remember things we were just doing after we stepped out of the room for one moment, and can’t keep track of appointments, we may think that something is wrong upstairs.

Your father might have put off going to the doctor for proper diagnosis for as long as he could, and that’s not all that unusual. In fact, a lot of seniors delay going to the doctor when they begin experiencing some of these common memory loss symptoms. They don’t want to hear that they have Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.

Now that he’s been diagnosed, he wants to be home.

You know there are other options. He could move into a community specifically designed to support those with Alzheimer’s. You’ve offered to have him move in with you and your family. You’ve offered to put on an addition, a mother/daughter situation where he would have his own kitchen, entrance, and full independence, but where you would be able to visit with him conveniently.

He doesn’t want to do that. He has no interest in that.

He wants to be home. That’s okay. More seniors today prefer to ‘age in place,’ even when dealing with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. You know the signs and symptoms of this disease are going to become more pronounced, more frequent, and it will make it much more challenging for him to stay safe every day.

And that’s so important to you and the rest of the family; you want him to be safe.

You can help him stay safe and, at the same time, lay the foundation for a positive future by discussing home care options. Relying on a home care aide now, even though it may seem like he doesn’t need any real support, can potentially pay dividends in the years ahead.

The more comfortable he becomes with this particular caregiver, the more comfortable he might feel when his memory of that person, friends, and family members robs him of his current reality.

The answer to the question is yes, it is practical for your father to stay home, even if he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Getting proper care for him is the best way to support him right now.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Bordentown, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.

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Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM

Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Dr. Shelly Chinkes, DPM, Care Street’s able administrator has more than 30 years of clinical experience in private practice and Skilled Nursing settings, with specific experience in clinical case management in Gerontology.

Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.

Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.

The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.