You have a different perspective on reality than your elderly father might, especially if he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. There are various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and the more you know about it, the easier it will be for you to provide the support he needs, not just now, but into the future.
There are going to be times when he is confused about his surroundings, situation, and even his reality. He might think it’s 20 years in the past. He might be adamantly convinced that a close friend of his, who passed away several years ago, is just down the street and he’s going to call him, go for a walk and stop by and visit, or want to play golf or something else.
You know reality is much different than that, so how do you deal with these situations?
First, you need to be more patient.
You need to be understanding about your father’s situation. He may have difficulty separating his fantasies, his memories, and reality. Just telling him that something is not quite as he thinks it is doesn’t always work.
In fact, doing so can lead to a great deal of confusion and anxiety. You want to avoid those situations as much as possible. Keep in mind that even though he may be at risk of wandering off, you can help keep him home or avoid going for that stroll right down the street to his friend’s house.
What if you don’t have time?
Hire a home care aide if you believe he is at risk of wandering off. It’s better to have somebody there with him during the day to prevent or at least reduce the risk of wandering significantly.
Let him lead.
When your father seems confused about reality, you can let him lead, as far as it is safe to do so. In time his memories will likely come back around to the reality in which you live as well.
It’s important to think several moves ahead.
If you’ve never played chess, the best strategy to win at this game is to plan several moves ahead. You need to anticipate what your opponent is going to do. In this type of situation, you may need to think about what your father may do.
When you think several moves ahead, you will ultimately be putting safety first. If you truly want to put safety first, consider home care support services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Cherry Hill, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.
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.