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End of Life Care for a Person with Dementia

Currently, there is no cure for dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, and when somebody has been diagnosed with this disease, their average life expectancy from that point forward is between eight and 10 years (Alzheimer’s Association).

Alzheimer's Care in Mercerville NJ: End of Life Care

Alzheimer’s Care in Mercerville NJ: End of Life Care

At some point in time, people will need to think about end-of-life care.

In some cases, a person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s might only live a few years while others could survive for 20 years or longer. However, it is a terminal disease and as a result some people should begin thinking about end-of-life care for this individual as early as possible.

If a person lives the average of between eight and 10 years after their diagnosis, the memory loss they experience towards the end of their life will be extreme. They may not recognize anyone, including a spouse they’ve lived with for 50 or 60 years, their own children, best friends, or anyone else. Each day they wake up could be an extremely frustrating and frightening situation for them to be surrounded by people they don’t recognize and have no clue what’s really going on.

Families are often ill-equipped to handle these end-of-life scenarios.

Most of the time, though, family, including a spouse, adult children, and others, rally around this senior. They step up to provide support and assistance. They offer reminders. They provide encouragement, love, and companionship.

That is much easier during the earlier stages of the disease when memory loss is only impacting daily life minimally. Yet, as the disease progresses, many of these family members will become overwhelmed with frustration, stress, anxiety, and it can cause a number of challenges they never expected. As the memory loss continues to move forward, and especially when this elderly person no longer recognizes those men and women in his or her life, it can be overwhelming.

The best thing anyone can do is think about proper care options as early as possible.

One of the best to consider, especially for somebody who would prefer to remain at home for the rest of his or her life, is home care support services. Through an agency, flexibility is possible, and it is also one of the most important factors. Experienced caregivers who have worked with other seniors diagnosed with dementia can provide a number of useful strategies and tips to help in most situations.

This agency can be there for this elderly person as he or she deals with this disease and moves closer and closer to the end of their life. Even though they may not remember or recognize people around them, providing comfort can become one of the most important factors for almost every family out there.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Mercerville, 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.

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