How Do You Get Started on a Journey with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Caregivers in Bala Cynwyd PA

Caregivers in Bala Cynwyd PAFinding out that your aging parent has Alzheimer’s disease is a life-altering moment in your caregiver experience. At that moment you are faced with the reality that everything that you had planned for your care future with your parent needs to be reconsidered. You are now at the beginning of a journey with a progressive disease that may change on a daily basis and that will gradually require more and more attention and care from you, others in your care network, and likely a home care provider.

Now that you are at the beginning of that journey, however, where do you go from there? How do you get started and feel confident that you are going in the right direction? Starting with a plan is the best way to feel more prepared for your care experience and to give your loved one the attention that they need so that they can continue to enjoy the highest quality of life possible as they progress through their disease.

Use these tips to help you get started on your journey with Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Work through your emotions. You are not going to be able to successfully plan your approach to your parent’s care if you are still overcome with your own emotions regarding the situation. Be there for your parent to provide support and encouragement as they react to the news themselves, but be sure that you are also paying attention to your own reaction and giving yourself the time and space to work through these emotions yourself. This will put you in a better mental space so that you and your parent can make the decisions that are right for them.
  • Know the facts. Even if you think that you know everything that you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease, find out more. Learn everything that you can about this disease, your parent’s current condition, and the prognosis. Talk to their doctor and consider talking to others as well so that you can get a wide perspective of information and feel fully prepared.
  • Learn the options. There are many different management and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease. Give your parent the time and the encouragement to consider their personal goals for their treatment and their perspectives on the care that they will need in the future. Then learn all that you can about the different options so that they can choose the one that fits best with them. Remind them that this is their decision and their future, and be there to offer encouragement and support throughout the decision making process.
  • Start making plans. You have no way of knowing how quickly your parent’s condition will progress or the type of symptoms that they will experience. All you can do is make as many plans now as you can so that you are prepared for whatever may happen. This is the point when your parent is still capable of understanding the implications of the disease and making decisions that are in line with their opinions and wishes. Talk about issues such as whether they want to transition into living in your home, when you think that home care should start, and how they want to manage end-of-life care so that they can feel confident that their wishes are known, and you can feel better knowing you can follow through with those wishes.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Bala Cynwyd, PA, please contact the caring staff at Alpine Home Care. In PA call 888-743-0068 . In NJ call (855) 410-1404.

Tom Smith, President & CEO

Tom Smith, President & CEO

President and CEO at Alpine Home Care
Tom Smith is Alpine Home Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer with over 25 years of well-rounded strategic, operations and management experience at public and private healthcare companies in the following
areas – hospice and home health care, medical devices, medical equipment, infusion therapy and behavioral
health, in addition to positions at major health systems and large acute-care Integrated Delivery Networks
(IDNs).
Tom Smith, President & CEO