You’ve been helping your mother for quite some time. But when she began exhibiting some early signs of memory loss, you had your concerns. Your uncle had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and even though he passed away more than 15 years ago, it was always in the back of your mind that your mother could be at an increased risk of developing this form of Alzheimer’s.
You started noticing the earliest signs and symptoms.
When you began helping your mother with various tasks around the house, she would repeat herself far too often for your comfort. She would forget things you told her, even just a few hours ago on the phone. She even started using the wrong word at times when speaking to you, never even realizing it, even after you corrected her.
All the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease caused you concern and it took you a while to convince her to visit her doctor. You wanted her to be formally diagnosed so you could determine whether this was, in fact, Alzheimer’s she was dealing with or something else. Even though you were already worried about it, the diagnosis was difficult to accept.
Right now, though, your mother doesn’t seem to be interested in staying active.
She has seemed to give up. It’s been a few weeks since the diagnosis, and while you continue to help her in every way you possibly can, it’s starting to be exhausting. You feel as though you’re just doing things for her, even though she is fully capable (physically) of doing them for herself.
Find out what her interests are.
You may have a wonderful relationship with your mother. You may be incredibly close to her. However, that doesn’t mean you fully understand all of the interests that she has in life.
She may have been interested in pursuing a new form of art, music, or other activity. She may have a desire to travel again. She may even have the desire to get out and visit with friends or other family members she hasn’t seen in a long time. However, she may honestly believe there’s no point to pursuing any of these activities, since she’s only going to forget them before long.
Encourage her to stay active. Help her realize the benefits in staying active, mentally engaged, and that she can maintain some control over life, at least for a few more years before she needs to seriously consider safety above anything else.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Medford, 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.
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