Some caregivers need help when the person is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Other caregivers look for help when the person is in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. It's okay to seek help whenever you need it.
As the person moves through the stages of Alzheimer’s, he or she will need more care. One reason is that medicines used to treat Alzheimer’s disease can only control symptoms; they cannot cure the disease. Symptoms, such as memory loss and confusion, will get worse over time.
Because of this, you will need more help. You may feel that asking for help shows weakness or a lack of caring, but the opposite is true. Asking for help shows your strength. It means you know your limits and when to seek support.
Build a Support System
According to many caregivers, building a local support system is a key way to get help. Your support system might include a caregiver support group, the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, family, friends, and faith groups.
Also, there are several national organizations that can provide support and advice. These include the National Institute on Aging, the Alzheimer's Association, and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Home Health Care Services Can Help
Home health care services send a home health aide to your home to help you care for a person with Alzheimer’s. These aides provide care and/or company for the person.
Ask your doctor about whether home health care is right for your loved one. At Sunshine Home Care, we work with you and your physician to determine a plan of care that fits your loved one's needs. We offer a comprehensive disease management program that includes education, training, medication management and in home services. We also have a nurse on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For more information on how we can help, contact us or call us at 1-877-477-2014.