How to Care for Multiple Parents with Dementia
Family dynamics tend to change as parents age. Children become caretakers and parents become dependents. When one parent experiences age-related decline or develops an illness, this transition can be painful, unexpected, and challenging. When both parents develop a serious problem, such as dementia, it can be even more difficult to manage their health and know how to care for them.
What Is the Best Way to Care for a Couple with Dementia?
Unfortunately, two people with dementia are unlikely to be able to safely live in their own home for long. A demented spouse may live at home with a partner who is able to support and look out for them. However, when their partner is also making a slow descent into forgetfulness and dependence, it may be best to explore alternative living options.
The debilitating effects of dementia don’ttypically kick in right away, but there often comes a point when independence is no longer an option. In many cases, this point involves someone with dementia getting lost or hurting themselves. If you are not always around to monitor their decline and take stock of their current capabilities, it may be wise to bring in some extra eyes, ears, and helping hands.
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In-Home Care for People with Dementia
Not all cases of dementia are the same. Some people are able to take care of themselves for years after an initial diagnosis, while others experience a very quick downturn. One of the best ways to ensure you are meeting their care needs is by ensuring someone is constantly assessing them. By bringing in a caregiver, whether it be a hands-on caregiver like a nurse or a helpful observer such as a companion, you can ensure you will not miss any important developments in your parents’ dementia.
The At Home Support team understands the value of keeping dementia patients in a familiar environment for as long as safely possible. In addition to putting your mind at ease, having an in-home caregiver may also push the need for assisted living further down the road and allow your parents to continue living comfortably at home much longer.
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