Bloomsburg Alzheimer's Care
Skilled Bloomsburg Alzheimer's care for your senior with Alzheimer's disease.
Millions of American seniors suffer from Alzheimer's disease every year. In addition to memory loss, these seniors face a number of other daily challenges, including new medications, sleeplessness, disorientation, and emotional turmoil. The vast majority of Alzheimer's care is provided by family caregivers, but most seniors eventually reach a point when the required care is too much for a family member to provide alone. The question then becomes one of nursing homes versus in home care support or even full-time in home caregiving.
Bloomsburg Alzheimer's Care
One of the primary reasons seniors end up in the hospital is due to problems with medication management. Seniors with dementia are at a much greater risk than those who do not suffer from memory loss. Not only do seniors with Alzheimer's disease typically take more medications, but they have greater difficulty with the management of their medications. Family caregivers with a knack for organization and diligent oversight tend to do quite well with this task, however, others find the myriad medications, dosages, timings, administration rules, and so forth a senior-health minefield. In these cases, professional Alzheimer's care can be tremendously helpful. For example, Comfort Keepers dementia and Alzheimer's care specialists are experts in working with seniors and their medication management plans. They can set up the plan and oversee it, or they can train a family caregiver to take over the reigns once the plan is in place.
Seniors with Alzheimer's disease tend to have a number of sleep-related problems. According to the Alzheimer's Association, "Many people with Alzheimer’s wake up more often and stay awake longer during the night. Brain wave studies show decreases in both dreaming and non-dreaming sleep stages. Those who cannot sleep may wander, be unable to lie still, or yell or call out, disrupting the sleep of their caregivers." Several studies estimate that in the later stages of the disease, Alzheimer's patients may spend as much as half of their nights awake while sleeping more and more during the day. Family caregivers often find themselves exhausted by the lack of sleep and constant oversight and supervision required to keep their loved one safe. Professional Alzheimer's care personnel are often needed to come alongside family caregivers or take over altogether. For others, regular respite breaks provide a chance for the caregiver to recharge and refocus.
For as frustrating and challenging as Alzheimer's care can be, caregivers should never lose sight of the emotional trauma suffered by the senior. Alzheimer's brings uncertainty, pain, frustration, anxiety, disorientation, and so many other issues and most seniors past the initial stages of Alzheimer's cannot even communicate what they are going through. It is critical that seniors with Alzheimer's be given the opportunity to express themselves, even if it does not seem appropriate. Many times, it is the only channel of communication they have left.
If your senior loved one has Alzheimer's disease, you and they will be facing many changes and challenges in the months to come. The good news is that you do not have to face these challenges alone. Comfort Keepers Alzheimer's care specialists are ready to provide the support and services your loved one needs to remain safe in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
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