Finding a Caregiver for an Alzheimers Patient

There are a variety of options for Alzheimer’s patients who need caregivers. Sadly, there are those individuals with Alzheimer’s who must live in long-term care facilities because there are not enough family members to care for their needs. Another factor influencing whether or not an individual must go to a nursing home includes finances. Some families are not able to afford to pay for in-home care services.

Fortunately, many people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease are able to remain at home or in the home of a family member for some time. Many families do all they can to avoid seeing their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease living in a nursing home. Some individuals and their family members are able to afford to pay for home health services. In such cases, private duty nurses and home health aides are able to work with patients in their homes.

However, selecting a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is not always an easy task. It is important to review carefully a person’s qualifications as well as his or her experience working with the elderly, particularly those with dementia. It is ideal to find a nurse or personal care aide who has in depth skills and knowledge when working with Alzheimer’s patients.

If you are unable to find a home health aide or nurse who has been well trained to work with a person who is suffering from dementia, it is important to find an individual who is experienced working with the elderly. Be sure to review credentials and references before hiring anyone to work with your loved one.

You can talk with your loved one’s physician when seeking guidance and advice on selecting a caregiver. It also is a good idea to talk to the local Area Agency on Aging for more advice. There are many resources out there to help you locate, interview and hire a caregiver for your family member. The decision as to whom you should hire is not one that should be entered into lightly.

Many times family members become the primary caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. This often is true for adults who have a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. There are cases in which a spouse is in good health and able to care for a husband or wife without additional help, sometimes for an extended period of time. The adult children of a parent with Alzheimer’s disease frequently need to invite their parent to move into their homes with them.

These moves involve adjustments for everyone. You can make the transition as easy as possible by doing all that you can to ensure that your loved one is able to maintain his or her dignity and as much independence as can be safely given. These changes will not be easy for the spouses and children of the adult son or daughter who is taking care of an ill parent. Talk with your family to make plans to work as a team for the best interests of the person with Alzheimer’s as well as for the entire family.

Do not take on all the responsibilities yourself. If you have siblings, do not be afraid to ask for their help. Your parent might live with you full time but this does not mean that your sisters or brothers cannot help. They might be able to spend some time with your parent in the evenings or on the weekend. Tell your family upfront that you will need some help and explain that you cannot do everything on your own.

Finding a caregiver can be challenging, but is not impossible. Taking the time to make plans and to find the best solutions for the entire family will make the process much easier.