There are just going to be days when, no matter what you do or how much effort you put forth into something, you feel unappreciated. Many parents feel this, especially as their children become teenagers and fight for more independence. When a family member or friend has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, for those who step up to provide some support and care, they might feel unappreciated, by that senior and possibly even other family and friends.
It’s often considered a thankless job.
Providing care for somebody who is struggling with dementia can be challenging in itself. There could be arguments, the senior doesn’t seem to listen to any advice or recommendations, and the person providing care might have a full-time job or numerous other responsibilities to take care of. All they want is a simple ‘thank you’ every once in a while, but it doesn’t seem as though that happens.
Whether it’s a spouse, aging parent, friend, or somebody else, it can be difficult to keep pushing forward, keep dealing with the stress and anxiety this type of work pushes down on you and not feel as though people truly appreciate the sacrifices you’re making.
What can be done to help?
For those who feel completely cut off and alone, frustrated and overburdened too, there are options available. One of the most effective options, especially when it comes to supporting somebody with Alzheimer’s, is to rely on home care. An experienced home care aide (meaning somebody who has worked with other elderly clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia) can be a powerful asset.
Not only do these caregivers understand the challenges facing those supporting somebody with Alzheimer’s, they also likely have numerous strategies and tips that can help cope with these challenges, especially as they get worse year after year.
It also might be a good idea to find a support group.
There are over 5 million Americans currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (Alzheimer’s Association). There are many other family members and friends who struggle to deal with this and cope with the challenges this disease creates. There are support groups all across the country of men and women trying to find some way to deal with these challenges in life.
By hiring home care support, that primary family caregiver can get some time to themselves, time to take care of their own health, and even connect with others going through similar challenges. By trying to deal with these issues alone, it’s only going to make things worse. Reach out, connect, rely on home care support, and learn from others who have gone through or are going through many of the same issues you’re facing right now.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Jackson, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.