As Alzheimer’s progresses, the signs and symptoms of the disease will often get more challenging. This is true for family caregivers, including a spouse, adult child, or even a group of people rallying around their aging parent, grandparent, or other loved one. It is also true for experienced home care aides who work for agencies. The challenges become exacerbated with time, mostly the direct result of how the disease affects the brain.
Recently, you may have noticed every single time you leave to go home, go shopping, or run errands for this aging parent or other individual, they are screaming, carrying on, and being otherwise verbally and physically aggressive. No matter what you try to do, things only get worse.
What can be done to help?
You want to ease the drama. You know this is not just stressful for you, but also that elderly person. Maybe it’s stressful for other people who happen to be in the house, including his or her spouse, sibling, friend, or other individual.
One of the best things to consider is home care support services.
The more experience a person has in providing care and support for an aging individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the more strategies they likely have developed over time. This increase in hostility, aggressiveness, screaming, and carrying on will likely have a direct result of extreme confusion, stress, and anxiety. When a person is anxious about their circumstances, their surroundings, or a particular situation, it can be stressful. Stress can lead to anger, frustration, and a desire to lash out.
These behaviors exhibited by somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia may not be controllable in the sense that you or I understand. When we have full mental faculty, we deal with stressful situations differently. Still, there may be times when you throw a pen, slam the door, kick a chair, or even scream. Why do you do these things? Because they allow us to vent, release the tension, or we have simply reached our breaking point.
For somebody with dementia, there may never be a ‘release.’
They might see your departure as being the end of the world. It’s not rational to somebody who doesn’t have this type of disease, but at that moment it may be their only recourse. By having somebody else there with this senior when you or somebody else leaves, they can become grounded in a routine. That can offer comfort and incredible benefits that keep them calm and safe under duress.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Robbinsville, 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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