If you have a loved one who has recently been diagnosed with dementia, you may be going through the process of preparing to become a primary caregiver for that individual. As you step into your new role, here are a few things to remember:
- It Will Get Worse: Unfortunately, Dementia is progressive by definition, and while your loved one is occasionally forgetful now, they’ll have more trouble in the future. At some point, your loved one may not be able to recognize you or to complete simple tasks.
- Symptoms of Dementia Vary: While most people associate Dementia with memory loss, it can also manifest as other psychological symptoms including delusions, hallucinations, and even personality changes. Your loved one may suddenly be acting in a way that is unfamiliar and possibly unpleasant. It’s important to stay in close touch with your doctor when you notice personality and other changes- especially if symptoms appear suddenly.
- You Will Need Help: Caring for a loved one is a full-time job, so you’ll feel overworked if you try to take everything on by yourself. Remember that trying to do everything on your own is dangerous not only to yourself but also to your loved one. If you wear yourself out, for instance, you may end up catching a cold because your immune system isn’t in top shape. This may then transfer to your loved one who, as an elderly person, has a more compromised immune system and may suffer more serious complications such as secondary infections and shingles.
Fortunately, Sutton In-Home Senior Care is here to help you care for your loved one with Dementia care. We offer a variety of services and our trained professionals can provide your loved ones with high-quality care. Call us today!