When an elderly person is dealing with memory loss, either due to a medical emergency, injury, dementia, or something else, their loved ones are often those who support them first. In reality, there are many different types of elder care services available to aging men and women who are struggling with memory challenges.
How can elder care support be beneficial?
The most common and popular is home care. Older Americans prefer to age in place. This essentially means they want to remain home, where they are comfortable, as long as it is possible. It is possible, too, when you consider the affordability of home care compared to some other elder care services.
An aging senior might need somebody to help them get going in the morning. They may suffer from arthritis or another medical condition that makes it much more difficult to get up, out of bed, and into the shower each morning. Their joints might be stiff, their muscles sore or weak, and having that person there with them makes a world of difference.
Or an elderly person might have trouble getting everything ready at the end of the day before bedtime. They might have memory challenges like what could be caused by Alzheimer’s. Sundowner’s syndrome is a real concern among those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
With Sundowner’s syndrome, an aging senior is usually overwhelmed by a long list of things he or she must do to get ready at the end of the day. Since most tasks take them far longer to do than for others, normally functioning individuals, they get pressured by time and constraints.
Elder care providers can step in and not only help the senior spread out some of those tasks throughout the day, rather than waiting until the last minute to do them, but also assist them in getting certain things done that are necessary.
As a disease like Alzheimer’s progresses, a senior who depends on elder care will have a strong structure and support network that can expand the services and even personnel to help them as needed.
Keep in mind that when it comes to memory related challenges like Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, there is no cure at the moment and that means the signs and symptoms will progress. The challenges will increase.
Just because a spouse, adult child, or other family member may be helpful in the beginning doesn’t mean they will be equipped with the experience or ability to support the senior in the years ahead. Elder care can… And will.