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What are the care options for people with Alzheimer’s that have working children?

If you have senior parents, do you ever notice them forgetting things? Like maybe paying the bills, other people’s names, or simply scratching their heads over where they last placed their house key? Memory loss happens usually with people as they age. Some of them experience memory impairments that are normal while others exhibit symptoms of those that are not. Regardless, once your parents start to show signs of memory loss, it’s time for you to take a step up in providing the best care for them.

Among the many forms of memory impairment cases is dementia. It’s a type of memory impairment wherein a person loses cognitive abilities such as their thinking, remembering, reasoning, learning, and behavioral abilities. This can be so severe up to the point that it affects their day-to-day life. Although there are many types of dementia, one that is common as a person reaches the age of 65 and up is Alzheimer's disease. 

The question is, how can you care properly for your parents as they combat Alzheimer’s when you have a job to tend to?  In this article, we will be tackling the care options available for people with Alzheimer’s that have working children. 

Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and its effects

If your parents are indeed confirmed to have Alzheimer’s disease, it is important to provide them with the care that they need. Taking care of an elderly person is one thing but it’s a lot more complex when they have an illness or condition that makes them even more vulnerable than a normal old person. It is extremely essential to love and nurture them as well as provide all the basic necessities that might help manage or slow down the progression of their disease. 

 

Below is the checklist of needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease: 


  • Familial presence 

Family members need to be involved in this difficult journey. When seniors see or feel the presence of their family as they go through their Alzheimer’s, it will make them stronger or have a sense of security. It’s motivating to go through life knowing that there are people who are supporting you. 

  • Cognitive therapy 

Since memory loss or memory impairment diseases involve the malfunctioning of one’s cognitive abilities, it would greatly help to make them undergo cognitive therapy. It is a short-term form of psychotherapy that helps people identify their disturbing or destructive thoughts that affect their behavior and emotions. 

  • Assistance with daily living activities

Having Alzheimer’s affects people’s daily living activities because they have a hard time doing even the simplest tasks. Short-term memory loss may cause them to miss scheduled appointments, forget to take their medications, or not know how to do other things like prepare their meals and take a bath. Nurturing routines

Having a routine every day benefits both the seniors and their caregivers. It gives them more security knowing what to expect that will happen next. It also helps reduce their stress and anxiety, enabling them to sleep better during the night. 

  • 24/7 supervision

Some of the elderly hate feeling incompetent or dependent. It makes them feel bad that they can no longer do things on their own. However, they need to be supervised all the time. Their memory is no longer functioning properly and this can put their safety at risk.

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

Signs of having Alzheimer’s may vary as follows:

  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty in learning new things, organizing thoughts, and thinking logically 
  • Short attention span
  • Struggling with language, reading, writing, and dealing with numbers 

If any of these symptoms are being exhibited by your parents or the elderly in your household, it would be best to get them checked so they can be properly given a diagnosis. 

What are the needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease?

If your parents are indeed confirmed to have Alzheimer’s disease, it is important to provide them with the care that they need. Taking care of an elderly person is one thing but it’s a lot more complex when they have an illness or condition that makes them even more vulnerable than a normal old person. It is extremely essential to love and nurture them as well as provide all the basic necessities that might help manage or slow down the progression of their disease.  Below is the checklist of needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease: 

  • Familial presence 

Family members need to be involved in this difficult journey. When seniors see or feel the presence of their family as they go through their Alzheimer’s, it will make them stronger or have a sense of security. It’s motivating to go through life knowing that there are people who are supporting you. 

  • Cognitive therapy 

Since memory loss or memory impairment diseases involve the malfunctioning of one’s cognitive abilities, it would greatly help to make them undergo cognitive therapy. It is a short-term form of psychotherapy that helps people identify their disturbing or destructive thoughts that affect their behavior and emotions. 

  • Assistance with daily living activities

Having Alzheimer’s affects people’s daily living activities because they have a hard time doing even the simplest tasks. Short-term memory loss may cause them to miss scheduled appointments, forget to take their medications, or not know how to do other things like prepare their meals and take a bath. Nurturing routines

Having a routine every day benefits both the seniors and their caregivers. It gives them more security knowing what to expect that will happen next. It also helps reduce their stress and anxiety, enabling them to sleep better during the night. 

  • 24/7 supervision

Some of the elderly hate feeling incompetent or dependent. It makes them feel bad that they can no longer do things on their own. However, they need to be supervised all the time. Their memory is no longer functioning properly and this can put their safety at risk. 

What are the care options available for seniors with Alzheimer’s?

If you have parents with Alzheimer’s, you know how important it is to get them the proper care and support they need. However, not all the time are children available to take care of their aging parents. Some of them are financially troubled or too drowned in their jobs to make time for it. But if they neglect their parents, things will only get worse from there. So, what is it that people can do for their parents who have memory impairment like Alzheimer’s? 

  1. In-home care provided by working children 

The children can act as caregivers for their aging parents. If you have jobs, it would be best to set schedules or swift shifts among your siblings. You can take care of your parents from the comfort of your own home, just make sure to provide them with everything they need including a nice bedroom (preferably with its lavatory if possible), providing their meals, assisting them in bathing and dressing, managing their medications, etc. 

Pros: The good thing about this is that parents are more comfortable with their children personally caring for them. Children can be more affectionate and have already memorized the attitude of their parents. Also, it’s easier to check on your parents yourself rather than having to go through a different person to know how they are. 

Cons: This can affect your other commitments in life as well, especially if you have your own family and kids to look after as well as a job to tend to. You also have to study and learn everything about their disease as well as how to take care of people who have it. 

  1. In-home care provided by a professional caregiver 

If you can’t take care of your senior parents or have no siblings to switch shifts with, you can turn to caregiving services provided by professionals. Here, you can rely on another person to care for your parents. Not only that, they are equipped with the skills and experience on how to handle patients with Alzheimer’s and other conditions. You can just check on them from time to time, having peace of mind that your father or mother is in good hands. 

Pros: Hiring a professional caregiver can lift the weight off your shoulders. You can guarantee that someone else is doing the around-the-clock care for your loved ones. 

Cons: Not all agencies provide “good” caregivers. Be careful in choosing the caregiver for your parents; it should be someone who can genuinely look after them and is patient and compassionate. Hire someone with a good record and who comes from a trusted and reliable caregiving facility. 

  1. Dementia daycare 

Dementia day care allows full-time caregivers (either the children themselves or a hired one) to catch a break or to take a few days off. Here, you can entrust your senior parents to a facility that can look after them and their needs. They can also engage in recreational and social activities where they can have a good time and make friends with other elderly people. 

Pros: This is a good way for caregivers to rest and care for themselves without compromising the needs of the elders they’re caring for. Both sides benefit from this. It’s important for the caregivers to get some rest every once in a while as well to protect their mental and physical health. 

Cons: Again, it’s a bit more difficult to guarantee the safety of your parents in a place with strangers to care for them. Although most facilities have well-trained and trusted staff, this doesn’t change the fact that your parents are more prone to elder abuse.

  1. Nursing home 

Nursing homes are residential facilities that have a more clinical appeal compared to retirement homes. Here, your parents can move in permanently with a nursing staff that will cater to their needs 24/7. They have full access to health care as well which will be managed by their caregivers. 

Pros: Moving your parents into a nursing home means you don’t have to worry about them constantly. All their basic needs are provided and they are safe and secure. You can visit them from time to time to see how they are. 

Cons: Nursing homes are a little less homey than old folks’ homes or retirement homes. It gives old people a feeling of being patients and most of them here are either sick or incapable of looking after themselves. This can also be quite costly. 

  1. Memory care

Memory care housing facilities are perfectly suitable for seniors with memory loss or impairment. These are built for the sole purpose of caring for those who have dementia. It’s also like ordinary old folks’ homes, only more centered on helping them get through their brain conditions. Here, your parents also have 24/7 care and supervision but they also get to enjoy recreational and social activities with their peers. 

Pros: The caregiving staff in memory care facilities know how to care for patients with dementia. Your parents will not only be provided with their daily needs but they will also engage in therapy as well as activities that will help them become physically, mentally, and socially active.

Cons: Again, one of the disadvantages is that other people will be looking after your parents. It would be challenging in a way that your parents aren’t comfortable being cared for by strangers and might lash out. Also, this can be costly so expect that you would be spending a large portion of your income on this. 

If you are looking for the best dementia caregiver in Singapore, check out Red Crowns memory care facilities. They provide high-quality care and nurturing services that your loved ones deserve. 

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