Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s is a difficult task. Many people dive into this responsibility without much preparation and just take things one day at a time. While taking things one day at a time is a valid way of dealing with a condition like Alzheimer’s, there is something to be said for planning. Here are some essential things caregivers need.
The ability to ask for help: No one is a one-person army. No one can do everything at once. It’s important to be able to ask for help. Asking for help can allow caregivers to relieve themselves of some of the caregiving burdens.
Family or community resources: Oftentimes, the help that a caregiver gets comes from either their family or community services. Try to investigate who among these resources would be best to ask for help in which situations.
Time for self-care: Last, but certainly not least, is self-care. It’s easy to forgo taking care of one’s own needs when caring for another. Avoid this. Self-neglect leads to decline of one’s own health. This, in turn, negatively affects the quality of care given.
Remember, if you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, we are here to help. Our caregivers can help make caregiving tasks easier and help provide the family caregiver time for self-care.