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What to Do When You Just Can’t Take it Anymore

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Sign up Your Loved One for Day Care: Enrolling your loved one in day care can do wonders to relieve your stress and give you some blessed time for yourself. You may worry that the person will be lost without you, but most people with Alzheimer’s adjust. If you can’t afford this on an ongoing basis, do it at least for a while.

Obtain Around the Clock Respite Care:  Around the clock respite care will give you even more time to yourself. You can have the person stay at a facility or with a friend, relative or neighbor. Again, if you can’t afford ongoing respite care, do it for a short period of time while you recharge your batteries.

Call in a Geriatric Care Manager: Geriatric Care Managers are health and human services specialists who help families caring for older relatives. They are trained and experienced in any of several fields related to care management.  You can read more about them and locate one in your area by going to the profession’s website.

Contact the Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association website has ample advice for caregivers. It also has a 24/7 helpline manned by trained professionals (1.800.272.39001.800.272.3900.)

Contact the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: This is another helpful resource for burned out caregivers. The Foundation offers counseling and advice Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM (Eastern Time) by phone, Skype, or live chat. You can reach the Foundation at 1.866.AFA.848411.866.AFA.84841.866.AFA.8484866.AFA.8484.

See a Psychotherapist: Nearly all overwhelmed caregivers could benefit from seeing a therapist. Therapists can help you better understand your situation and coach you on how to make time for yourself, as well as gain a better perspective of your caregiving duties. It’s a good idea to get a referral from a friend or relative. A few visits can help, even if you don’t have the funds for long-term therapy.

Visit with Your Pastor: If you regularly attend church, talking with your pastor can be a good substitute for psychotherapy. A pastor can help you with the same things therapists do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senior Helpers: An In-Home Care Company That Really Cares

Monday, August 5th, 2013

If you’re looking for a home care company, I suggest you check to see if there’s a Senior Helpers in your area. I’m recommending it because it provides exceptional care to people with dementia.

All caregivers at Senior Helpers receive special training in the care of people with dementia.  Each new employee attends a one-day training class that includes watching a DVD by Teepa Snow, nationally renowned dementia care specialist, discussion and role play.

Ongoing education consists of additional classroom training, including role play, and self-study materials, primarily DVDs and written materials.

Too many people focus on what people with dementia can’t do. Senior Helpers focuses on what the person with Alzheimer’s still can do.

Senior Helpers, founded in 2002, creates customized home care plans that change as the person with dementia changes.

In addition to providing in-home care, Senior Helpers monitors clients in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers, and continuing care retirement communities. The company also provides respite care to assist families by providing care for a short period of time, such as vacations.