As soon as you find out that your aging parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease, you need to start making decisions and establishing care routines. There are many goals that you will need to accomplish with your care throughout the progression of this disease with your parent, but in the early stage of the disease, one of your most important goals will be to encourage independence.
Independence is an important concept for all people and this does not change with the development of dementia. In fact, many seniors who have dementia cling even more to their independence, more clearly understanding and appreciating its value now that they know that it will eventually go away with the disease. In the early stage of Alzheimer’s, the symptoms tend to be mild, enabling your parent to continue to function with a high level of independence, depending on what other challenges they might be facing. Extra support from you can help them to maximize this independence and prime themselves for smoother transition through the phases of the disease.
Some ways that you can help to encourage independence in a senior with early stage Alzheimer’s disease include:
• Write appointments on a large calendar so that they can see them and remember to keep them
• Offer medication reminders so that they remain compliant with these treatments. This can be an especially beneficial service of a home care provider
• Help them to establish a routine for cleaning their house or running errands so that they have a better chance of remembering these tasks
• Encourage them to stay socially active and help them to remember people and connections through these interactions
• Start home care for them so that they have access to personalized care designed to support an active, engaged, and independent lifestyle that is also safe, healthy, and secure
Starting home care for your elderly parent can be one of the best decisions that you make for them. As their family caregiver, you are responsible for helping them to live the highest quality of life possible throughout their later years, and an in-home senior care services provider can help you accomplish that goal. Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider can step in to supplement the care that you already give your parent, filling care gaps, providing transportation, and just being there to act as a companion and source of mental and emotional support. This can ensure that your parent’s needs are met in the way that is right for them, while also helping them to stay healthy, safe, comfortable, and as fulfilled and independent as possible as they age in place.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING HOME CARE SERVICES IN PINEVILLE, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.