The other day you were sitting in your car just outside your house. You had gone shopping for groceries. It was one of those routine, Monday activities that just about everyone has to do. In your 70s, you look forward to this time in your life with your spouse. He is retired, you had been traveling, and you were hoping to continue this for a long time. Recently, though, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
You both recognized some of the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, though you never talked about it openly until it began to impact daily life. During conversations he would use the wrong word and not realize it. He would forget conversations you had the previous day. He forgot to take certain prescription medications and missed a few appointments.
It was those little issues that caused you concern.
It was those little issues that led him to his doctor for proper diagnosis. Still, neither one of you was actually prepared to hear what the diagnosis would be.
Now you need to find a way to cope.
Right now, things seem relatively decent. He is still dealing with memory loss, but he’s able to get out, be active, take care of himself, and only needs minimal support, usually in the form of reminders every once in a while. It’s requiring you to practice more patience, and you’re fine with that.
However, you know things are going to get more challenging.
You’ve read about Alzheimer’s disease. You’ve talked to a friend who had a parent dealing with this disease not too long ago. You understand that things will progressively become more challenging.
You’re trying to find a way to cope with this and remain strong for your husband.
That is certainly noble, but there are other options.
More seniors prefer to age in place today than ever before, which means there are more home care options available as well. You and your husband may feel that a home care aide right now is not worth it, not necessary, but it could be incredibly beneficial, especially if you choose somebody who has a great deal of experience supporting other elderly clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Becoming grounded in a routine, becoming familiar with this caregiver, and more can all have serious benefits in the future as the disease progresses. If you’re having a tough time coping right now, sit down and talk about home care options. There’s no time like the present.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in West Trenton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
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.
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