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Planning for the Care of a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Having a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be challenging, but taking the time to make a long-term plan can make all the difference. Those that create such a plan can often avoid some of the frustrations and anxiety that will take place in the future and ensure that their loved one is receiving the highest level of at-home care in Boca Raton.

The first step in this process is to make a few key decisions involving financial, legal, and logistical issues. One or more family members will need to accept the responsibility of making medical and legal decisions when their loved one is no longer able to do so. Financial issues including the cost of care will need to be established early on as well as the short-term and long-term plans for living arrangements.

Once a specific home has been decided on, members of the family should begin making changes that create an environment that is as comfortable and safe as possible. Families should create a checklist of changes to make such as adding ramps, posting emergency numbers in multiple rooms, installing smoke detectors, having handrails installed, and limiting access to dangerous areas such as stoves or showers unless supervised. Unless it is a clear safety issue, however, families should attempt to make as few changes as possible to avoid frustration and confusion as the disease progresses.

The final step is to create unwavering routines that will promote stimulation and socialization. Depending on the severity of the Alzheimer’s, this may include having a friend come over weekly, adopting a low-maintenance pet, having small daily chores to carry out, or simply making it a point to continue having family meals. As care needs continue to increase, it will also be important that someone is available for 24 hour care in Boca Raton to ensure that all routines and daily activities are completed safely.

If you are concerned about how your family is going to meet the new and increasing needs of an aging loved one with Alzheimer’s, request a free in-home consultation with Home Care Assistance. We provide reliable Alzheimer’s care Boca Raton families trust, and we offer flexible hourly and live-in care schedules with no long-term contracts required. Call 561-826-9282 to speak with a friendly Care Manager. We’re here to help 24/7.