Caring for a loved one who has dementia is physically and emotionally demanding, especially if you have young children, work obligations and/or your own health problems to tend to. While some individuals are able to provide at home dementia care during the early stages of this condition, in many cases it is wise to obtain in-home care from trained professionals. Following are some important tips for any Connecticut resident who needs to discuss in-home dementia care with an elderly loved one.
Bring up in-home care options as soon as you discover your loved one is suffering from dementia. Doing so will enable the affected individual to participate in the decision-making process. Respect your loved one’s opinion and feelings about dementia care as much as possible to ensure a smooth transition.
Avoid the “Blame Game”
It is a sad fact that those who have dementia may not be able to properly care for themselves. Problem signs may include an empty fridge, a dirty home or the inability to read or hear clearly. However, don’t bring these problems up when discussing Stamford Connecticut’s in-home care options with your loved one. Keep the discussion positive, emphasizing the fact that in-home care can improve his or her quality of life and give you both the quality time you need to take walks or enjoy a fun hobby.
In fact, it may be best to avoid terms such as “dementia care” entirely when discussing professional at-home assistance. Perhaps the caregiver can be referred to as a housekeeper. You could also explain that the new arrangement benefits you as well as you will have peace of mind knowing your loved one is properly cared for even when you are not around.
Talk About What Will be Done
Home healthcare agencies in Stamford Connecticut, such as Fairfield Family Care, can provide in-home dementia care services that may include cooking, cleaning, grooming, bathing and handling telephone calls and/or visitors. However, it can be disconcerting for a person with dementia to have a total stranger come into the home and take full control of everything.
Naturally, an individual with advanced dementia will need full time assistance, but don’t assume your loved one needs all forms of dementia care right off the bat. Discuss care options with the affected individual, see what your loved one can or can’t do alone and then discuss in-home care with a professional together with your loved one. If you feel your loved one does need full-time assistance, at least make it very clear what the in-home care professional will be doing and when.
Connecticut residents looking for professional in-home dementia care will find that Fairfield Family Care in Stamford, Connecticut offers the caring, professional assistance you need to ensure your loved one is as healthy and happy as possible. Feel free to visit our Website www.fairfieldfamilycare.com to get in touch with us or reach us at 203-295-3477 to learn more about our trained, experienced caregivers and the personalized care they have to offer.