You have just found out that your aging parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease. So what’s next? You might be struggling to figure out what your next step is as a family caregiver and how you should help your parent to not only get comfortable with this diagnosis, but also start getting care efforts in place to help them manage their symptoms. Fortunately, one of the most effective and meaningful things that you can do is as accessible as sitting down with your parent to talk about the future.
The early stage of Alzheimer’s disease can seem strange both to your aging parent and to you. You both know that the condition is there and you may even notice some distinct symptoms, but they are likely to still be functioning relatively independently, if not completely independently, and may have difficulty really thinking that it is going to get worse. This may make you think that it would be upsetting or even pessimistic to talk about the future progression of the disease and what it will mean for both of you. This, however, is not the case. Instead, taking the time now to discuss the important issues is critical to not only empowering your parent to make the decisions that are right for them, but also to ensure that their opinions, thoughts, and wishes are properly known and recorded when they still have confidence and clarity of mind. There is no way to know how quickly their disease will progress or when their symptoms will change. Talking about the issues of future progression in the early stage means both of you are better prepared for what is to come.
When you are ready to have this conversation with your parent, do so without distractions. Focus completely on this important talk and be ready to not only express yourself, but also to listen to what your parent has to say. Talk about issues such as elderly care, hospice care, resuscitation, life support, and other health and care issues, as well as legal and personal end-of-life considerations. When you are finished with this conversation, have a fun and memorable activity planned so that you can reaffirm to both of you that life is still exciting, fulfilling, and worth enjoying together.
Starting elderly care for your aging parent can be a fantastic way to encourage a higher quality of life and to ensure that they get all of the care, support, and assistance that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not. This elderly home care services provider can step in to fill care gaps that might exist in the efforts that you give them as well as to provide additional support and services that help your parent to remain safe, healthy, happy, and comfortable, while also encouraging as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible as they age in place. This can be particularly beneficial if you live at a distance from your parent, or your schedule or personal limitations are such that you cannot be with them as often as you want to, or cannot fulfill all of their needs in the ways that are right for your parent.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING IN-HOME ELDERLY CARE IN GOODYEAR, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.