Jacob did not want to even consider the prospect of hiring a home care aide. “I was only diagnosed with Alzheimer’s,” he said to his oldest daughter one afternoon. “I can still take care of myself just fine right now.”
He honestly believed he would be okay.
Jacob was in a sort of denial stage. He felt fine, aside from some issues with his memory. For a little more than a year he had been exhibiting some of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease. He missed a few appointments, had difficulty remembering where he was going when he headed out to the store, and even completely forgot about conversations he had with his family at different times.
They had been encouraging him to visit his doctor for quite some time.
It took a while for him to finally relent and go to his doctor, and while he said it was because he was too busy, deep down it was because he worried about something like this. When he was finally sitting there, in the doctor’s office, hearing the word, ‘Alzheimer’s,’ he simply hadn’t prepared himself for it.
Most of the time he felt completely fine. He couldn’t envision a time coming when he didn’t recognize his own daughter, couldn’t be safe in his own house, or would have to rely on professional, experienced caregivers.
After a few months of patience and persistence, Jacob’s daughter finally managed to convince him to begin talking about long-term care options. “That doesn’t mean you have to rely on a caregiver now,” she told him. “It just means you need to be aware of all care options available to you and make sure you choose the ones you would prefer to rely on in the future.”
Jacob suddenly realized something important.
When he began sifting through various pamphlets, brochures, and other information about a wide range of care options for somebody with Alzheimer’s, he realized that the sooner he began developing a routine and relying on a consistent caregiver, the more comfortable he might be in the future when his memory started failing even more severely.
He sat down with his daughter to talk about hiring a home care aide now and told her he would prefer to remain at home for the rest of his life, if it was possible. His daughter understood this decision was not up to her or anyone else in the family, but him and she was proud he made a decision and let his family know about it while he was still lucid.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Alzheimer’s care in Millstone, NJ or the surrounding areas, please call Independence Home Care today at 609-208-1111 for more information.
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We not only provide you with a carefully selected caregiver to match you or your loved one, we also continue to be involved and provide specific additional care without any extra costs, such as Registered Nurse Case Supervision, 24-hour On-Call, and Specialized Alzheimer and Dementia training and much, much more.
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